The Imo State Police Command has denied reports that one of its officers killed a Department of State Services (DSS) operative in the state.
A DSS operator, Prince Nwachinaermere Ezemuonye Ozuzu, was allegedly slain by an unnamed police officer of the state’s joint task force around the Mgbidi – Awo/Owerri Onitsha Road, according to Metro Times.
Destiny Nwozuzu, the deceased brother, revealed that the 38-year-old was shot four times by a police officer.
Nwozuzu claimed that his brother, who was also a part of the joint task force, was shot by a police officer while attempting to fire warning rounds in response to a rumored gunman.
Another source told a DAILY POST journalist that the police and his colleagues were shooting indiscriminately when a stray bullet struck the DSS officer.
DAILY POST contacted Michael Abattamwhen, a spokesman for the state Police command, to corroborate the report.
“I don’t have such information yet,” Abattamwhen stated, declining to confirm or deny the occurrence. We should have known by now if a police officer had killed someone.
“My brother, you can go to the DSS for more confirmation.”
DAILY POST attempted to contact the DSS in an attempt to balance the allegation, but our efforts were futile because our correspondent was told that the secret police does not have a spokesperson.
Following the publication, Abattamwhen issued a statement denying the incident.
Abattam said the report was a “calculated attempt” to “embarrass” the command.
A statement by the Command’s spokesman reads partly: “The Command viewed this with all seriousness and believed it to be a calculated attempt by the publishers to incite, dent and embarrass the already gained popularity the Command has built over time and also to cause disaffection between security agencies in one hand and the general public on the other hand.
“The attention of the Imo State Police Command has been drawn to a false news making the rounds on social media published by a national newspaper – Daily Post Newspaper dated 5th of October, 2021, captioned ” HOW A POLICE OFFICER ALLEGEDLY KILLED A DSS OPERATIVE IN IMO ” . This is most unfortunate and the Command is pained by this publication especially when it’s from a notable newsprint.
“It is unfounded that a national newspaper will publish a story without verifying the same to ascertain the facts and even when told by the police authority that there was no such incident recorded involving any police officer will still go ahead and publish the same.”
Meanwhile our reporter reached the PPRO who denied knowledge of the incident. His interaction with our reporter reflected in the first report.
But the police insisted that, “The Command viewed this with all seriousness and believed it to be a calculated attempt by the publishers to incite, dent and embarrass the already gained popularity the command has built over time and also to cause disaffection between security agencies in one hand and the general public on the other hand.
“While the command frowns at this unverified report, may I state emphatically here, just to set the record straight that, there was no recorded incident on 4th October, 2021, involving a police officer from Imo Command at Mgbidi – Awo/ Owerri Onitsha Road, Imo State.”