The House of Assembly Speaker to Abia State Chikwendu Kalu, on Saturday, allegedly ordered some policemen in the state to shoot officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC on patrol.
A witness had earlier told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the officers were shot by security aides to a top government official in the state.
According to punch, the speaker gave the order when the FRSC officers stopped the Sport Utility Vehicle his wife was travelling in along the Umuikaa/Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway.
“When the vehicle was stopped (by the FRSC officials), the driver refused to stop, only for him to stop at a distance.
“The driver reversed the vehicle and it was discovered that a woman in the passenger seat in front, is an officer of the Department of State Services attached to the governor’s wife.
“The DSS officer ran towards the officer who stopped the vehicle, held him by uniform and dragged him to the ground, accusing him of hitting their vehicle,”
The speaker’s wife allegedly joined the policemen to beat the official.
“One of them called the speaker whose village is nearby. He then came with some policemen. He ordered them to shoot the armless officers who were sitting inside the patrol vehicle and mercilessly beat up the team leader.
“The policemen also forcefully opened the patrol vehicle and went away with the battery. They left the team leader and the other officials that were shot on the road. Other road users helped them to the hospital,”
The FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed the incident. He said the case had been “reported to the commissioner of police in the state for further investigations and that it won’t deter the FRSC from saving lives on the highways.”
When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the speaker Mr. Okey Chikwendu promised to confirm the incident and get back to our correspondent.
NAN learnt that the incident occurred at Umuikea Junction in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area.
According to the witness, an FRSC patrol team had flagged down the vehicle conveying the government official’s wife for seatbelt violation.
“The lady was in her vehicle with two other females and none of them was wearing their seatbelts.
“As the road safety officers were talking to them about it, they flared up and started assaulting the officers.
“The big man’s wife called her husband’s security aides, who rushed to the scene and started shooting sporadically.
“In the process, one of the FRSC officers was hit in the arm, and the other in neck and waists,” the witness said.
Mr. Kanu could not be reached to comment for this story Saturday night.