A personnel of the Enugu State Police Command has reportedly murdered an apprentice mechanic, Okey Chinweike.
His body was dumped in a stream at Onuato in Ogui Nike, Enugu North Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Chinweike, who hailed from Ikwo in Ebonyi State, was an apprentice motor mechanic with one Obiora, whose shop was located on the Presidential Road by the Onuato junction.
Punch gathered that the prey, who was said to have returned not quite long from the burial of his only brother, had gone to a football viewing centre about four poles away from the shop to watch a match after the close of work when he met his death.
According to reports,the victim was already going home when personnel from the Ogui Police Station came to raid the area and started shooting indiscriminately.
An eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “There was commotion and people were running in different directions. However, the innocent man, who didn’t know the roads very well, because he was not living in the neighbourhood, joined the people running and he was shot by one of the policemen.
“It was after the raid that Chinweike was declared missing. But on Thursday morning, some scavengers saw a floating body in the stream and ran to the neighbourhood to inform the residents.
“Immediately, the incident was reported at the Ogui Police Division by the local vigilante group. Some policemen came and after seeing the floating body, they left and never came back. The body was discovered around 10am but it was around 5pm that his co-apprentice brought it out from the stream after the only surviving sister came and identified him.”
Chinweike was later buried the same Thursday in his home town in Ikwo, his colleagues want a thorough investigation into the incident with a view to fishing out the violent police personnel to face justice.
They described Chinweike as a gentle and easy-going young man, who neither smoked nor drink alcohol, and wondered why the police would kill him.