The Police Officer, Inspector Benjamin Peters who shot and killed a National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, member, Angela Igwetu in Abuja on Wednesday, has been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force and arraigned in court over the incident.
Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Commissioner Sadiq Bello, Commissioner of Police while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Friday, said the dismissed Inspector Peters is at the moment on remand awaiting commencement of trial.
According to him he said, Peters shouldn’t have shot at the car, adding that his claim that the girl was shouting for help was not enough ground to fire his weapon.
Bello also added that the two males in the car with the deceased told detectives that Igwetu was not in any danger when she was shot, as she had earlier raised her head through the sunroof while having fun.
“The Police have taken necessary measures; the policeman who opened fire has been arrested, necessary disciplinary procedures have been concluded,” Bello said.
“He has been dismissed from the Force and arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction and he is currently on remand awaiting commencement of trial.”
He implored residents of the city for calm and assured the family of the deceased that justice would be done in the matter.
“The Nigeria Police Force does not condone acts of irresponsibility or outright criminality from its officers and men; they have always been admonished to be civil and professional in the discharge of their duties,” he said.
“Furthermore, I wish to reassure residents of FCT that they should go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation or harassment, their peace and security is guaranteed at all times.”