The Nneibo maternal family of Arunsi Friday afternoon, allegedly killed on April 17 by a “drunk” police officer in Ebem Ohafia in Abia is asking for compensation of N100 million.
The family, represented by Chief Kingsheart Ukpai, is also calling for justice in a petition filed with the Abia Judicial Investigation Panel on police brutality and extrajudicial killings, through their adviser, Ms. Ngozi Ukwueni.
Ukpabi told the panel Wednesday in Umuahia that the family was demanding justice and compensation for the “brutal murder of a promising young man” by a police officer.
The defendant was attached to the Ohafia Divisional Police Station when the incident occurred.
Ukpabi, who was presented as evidence by defense attorney SP Stanley Ofoegbu, said that the 19-year-old deceased was the breadwinner of his family.
Narrating how the boy was killed, Ukpabi said that the agent, who was said to have been drunk at the time of the incident, shot and killed the boy, while unloading essential items from a truck in front of a store during COVID. 19 lock.
He said: “Three policemen were returning from a drunken spree in their private car about eight poles from the store.
“The driver lost control, while the car went off the road and collided with the truck.
“The policemen quickly jumped out of their car and asked the children to stop unloading the merchandise.
“While this was happening, the policeman ran home to collect his rifle and immediately began shooting sporadically, hitting Friday in the process.”
He said that the deceased was immediately transferred to a nearby hospital from where he was referred to the Federal Medical Center, Umuahia.
Ukpabi said the boy’s death was confirmed upon arrival at the hospital.
He further told the panel that his remains were deposited in the hospital morgue and that efforts made by his relatives to get the police to hand over his body for burial had not been successful.
However, the defense wondered why the petitioners continued to demand justice, when the suspect “is already facing justice,” having been detained at the Umuahia Correctional Center.
Ofoegbu asked the panel to grant him a postponement that would allow him to continue questioning the witness at the next session.
The petitioner’s attorney did not object to the request.
The chairman of the panel, retired judge Sunday Imo, thereafter adjourned the matter until December 1 for a continuation of the hearing.
Recall that the 17-member panel, which was established to investigate cases of police brutality, extrajudicial killings, and other matters, began meeting in Umuahia on November 10.