A particular police Inspector attached to RC Lotto Company at Golf Estate, GRA Enugu metropolis on Sunday evening got drunk and shot dead five persons.
Four other persons were also injured in the incident, which left Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi terribly shocked.
The Police Inspector attached to Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 9, Umuahia, Abia State, was said to have started shooting sporadically, leaving five persons dead and four others with gunshot injuries.
It was learnt that the incident occurred after the policeman got drunk and began to act strange.
During his visit to the injured victims at Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT) Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu, the governor expressed shock over the incident.
Ugwuanyin, who was received at the hospital by Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu and the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Hyacinth Onah, condoled with families of the deceased.
State Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, in a statement, said Ugwuanyi announced his administration’s readiness to pay all the medical expenses for the injured.
The governor equally charged the hospital management to ensure the victims were given adequate medical attention.
State Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement that the police officer “has been arrested and taken into custody pending the conclusion of investigation”.
According to the statement, “Four of the persons said to have sustained gunshot injury are receiving treatment and five others whose injuries were critical, have been confirmed dead by doctors on duty and deposited in the mortuary for autopsy”.
The PPRO added that the state police commissioner had ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (State CIID) to carry out thorough investigation to unravel circumstances surrounding the shooting incident.
The police commissioner also called on eye witnesses “to volunteer useful information to aid swift conclusion of the investigation and ensure justice prevails”.