Ikpeazu Condemns Shooting By Police Officers At Abia Poly, urges Students to Exercise Caution

The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD, has condemned the shooting of some police officers at the Abia State Polytechnic Aba on Thursday 23 September 2021, during a protest by students in the institution, read here

The Governor in a statement of Friday 24 September by Onyebuchi Ememanka Chief Press Secretary to the Governor noted that the act of the Police Officers was excessive, uncalled for and could aggravate an already tensed situation which could lead to collateral damages.

According to the Governor, "Shooting at unarmed students who were protesting the alleged sexual assault of one of them by a police officer is against all known and recognized rules of engagement by law enforcement officers who could have employed other means other than deadly force to disperse the protesting students".

While noting that the State Government was already looking into the issues that led to yesterday's protest which created a huge traffic jam along Aba Owerri Road, the Governor insisted that the use of deadly force by the Police was completely unacceptable to the State Government and outrightly condemnable.

Governor Ikpeazu urges the State Police Commissioner and the Area Commander in charge of Aba to ensure that the Officers who were involved in yesterday's shooting are identified and disciplined in line with extant Police Regulations, while further ensuring that such display of disproportionate force doesn't happen again.

The Governor also advised the Students to be disciplined and avoid taking the law into their hands even while protesting, adding that they must at all times, exercise restraint when confronted by Police Officers who are on lawful duty.

"Under no circumstances", the Governor noted, "must students confront police officers who are engaged in their lawful duties", adding that the Police has a responsibility under the law to ensure that peaceful protests by students are not hijacked by hoodlums whose intentions are different from the those of the students.

The Governor warned that while the State Government will not condone the use of excessive force by Police Officers, any student who, under the guise of a protest, chooses to unlawfully confront an armed police officer must be prepared to face the consequences.






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