Ifeanyi Henry, an assistant superintendent of police, is in custody for causing panic at the Aba Central Police station by pulling a gun and shooting sporadically.
Henry ran amok in Hollywood style at Okwu na Uka Street and St Michael’s Road, connecting the main gate of the station when he suddenly pulled a pistol and began shooting sporadically, assaulting women, children, and shop owners.
According to reports, the incident began around 7pm Saturday when ASP Henry began manhandling women, children, and store owners near the station without reason or provocation.
SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, spokesman for the Abia police, said Henry is currently in custody.
“The Nigerian police is a disciplined organization. In addition, procedures have been laid down for dealing with any erring officer regardless of rank or cadre.
‘I condemn the officer’s actions and I must tell you that he is in custody right now and will be dealt with by his department,’ Ogbonna said.
Several eyewitnesses told our correspondent that Henry was seen with his pistol, firing several times, battering and assaulting people, including the wives of his fellow police officers who own shops nearby the Aba CPS gate.
A woman who sells roasted chicken, yams, and plantains had all her goods thrown into the gutter by the ASP, who destroyed her kiosk and beat her mercilessly.
It was reported that at first, some passers-by wanted to attack him when he was manhandling the woman who sold roasted chicken, but they backed off when they realized he was a police officer in a mufti.
According to witnesses, everyone thought the ASP was under the influence of drugs during the incident, as he repeatedly scared fellow officers with his pistol and beat anyone he saw.
When he stopped shooting in the air and began aiming directly at people, his gun jammed.
The mobile police officers around rushed in to disarm him as he bent over to fix the jammed pistol.
Henry caused another scare by grabbing an AK-47 rifle, which was being held by one of the officers, to continue his shooting spree.
As he was being bundled inside the police station, the mobile police officers repeatedly heated him in the arm until he let go of the gun.
Several people who suffered several losses and injuries were seen crying and treating themselves close to the Aba General Hospital, which is adjacent to the Aba CPS, after the incident.