A police officer has shot a man, Nyommena Salah Badapba, during a political argument in the Tudun Wada area of Jos, Plateau State.

The police officer, Solomon Damak shot the Badapba while they were arguing about who would emerge as the eventual winner of the March 11 governorship election.

It was gathered that the officer argued that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not win the forthcoming election, but Badapba disagreed with him.

Angered by this, the Policeman shot Badapba in the shoulder. The incident was said to have occurred on Sunday, March 5, 2023.

The police officer has since been arrested for the offence by the Plateau State Police Command while the victim is currently receiving treatment at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital Jos.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Alabo Alfred, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday March 6, described the action of the police officer as unprofessional.

“The Plateau State Police Command condemns in strong terms the shooting of an unsuspecting civilian, Mr. Nyommena Salah Badapba ‘m’ of Tudun Wada, Jos by an obdurate personnel of the Command, Inspr Solomon Damak,” the statement read.

“The circumstance that led to the infliction of the gun injury by the recalcitrant officer does not fit into his professional calling but was done out of vindictiveness which contradicts the attributes of a Nigerian Police officer.

“In order to ensure that the officer does not evade justice, the officer had been arrested. His firearm was recovered and he has since been detained for disciplinary action.

“The Plateau Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew N. Onyeka, has directed the Divisional Police officer, ‘A’ Division and other officers to visit the victim at the hospital to know his condition and make arrangements for payment of his medical bills,”

The Command assured members of the public that the Commissioner of Police is a responsible cop who does his job with the fear of God and therefore, will not tolerate any form of misconduct by any officer of his Command irrespective of rank.

“As part of wholesome practice in the Force, the erring officer has been defaulted and his orderly room trial will commence March 6, 2023,” the statement added.

The CP also assured that the disciplinary process would not be compromised and the outcome of the proceeding would be made public.

He urged members of the public to remain calm and continue to be law-abiding as the command is doing all within its power to protect the lives and property of all Plateau residents.




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