Two policemen attached to the Adamawa and Rivers states police commands yesterday shot themselves dead in separate incidents with their service rifles after they had killed their colleagues and wounded others.
In Adamawa State, a corporal attached to the police station in Lala village of Gombi local government area, identified as Cpl. Nuhu Ishaku, without any provocation, went wild on a shooting spree.
Adamawa State commissioner of police Aderele Shinaba, who confirmed the incident, said that Ishaku, just lifted his rifle and opened fire on his colleagues at the Lala police station.
Shinaba said that Ishaku shot and killed one Inspector Benjamin Tizhe, who was the charge room officer at the police station.
CP Shinaba said that Ishaku also shot a Cpl. Chokica Inchi before shooting himself four times. Both Inchi and the trigger-happy Ishaku were said to have been rushed to the hospital where Ishaku died while Inchi is still receiving treatment.
“We don’t know what really prompted him to take such an action, but since one of those shot is still alive, we hope when he recovers he will assist us in the investigation,” said Shinaba.
In Rivers, the tragedy hit the Trans-Amadi area of the state capital, Port Harcourt, when a police corporal, attached to the operations department of the State Police Command, killed himself with his AK-47 rifle after he had shot dead an inspector.
LEADERSHIP learnt that the corporal, believed to hail from Ogoni in Rivers State, shot the inspector several times before turning the nozzle of the AK-47 to his chest and killing himself on the spot.
It was gathered that both policemen, who were attached to an indigenous oil servicing firm, Plantgeria Limited, were on their duty post at about 9am, at Plot 278 Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout, Port Harcourt when the incident occurred.
Eyewitnesses said that there were no signs of disagreement between the two police officers before the incident.
The Rivers State police public relations officer, Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulem, who confirmed the incident, however said the police inspector did not die as he was only shot on the leg.
Ugwuegbulem disclosed that both victims were rushed to the Teme Clinic in Diobu for medical treatment, adding that the police corporal died later after refusing to be treated.
The police image-maker said that the inspector was responding to medical attention at the clinic and that the AK-47 rifle used by the police corporal has been recovered while the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) had commenced investigations into the incident.
Meanwhile, the Adamawa State commissioner of police also confirmed an attack on Jimeta police station by unknown gunmen.
Shinaba, who said that there was no casualty on the side of the police, revealed that the attackers came in a white Toyota car at about 1 am, opened fire on the station, but were repelled by policemen on duty.
“There is no casualty on our side and I can’t say if any of the attackers was hit,” he said.
The CP commended the efforts of his men and warned that any attempt by any group or individual to try them would be dealt with.