Police stray bullet kills man sending money via POS to wife

There was pandemonium when a stray bullet allegedly fired by a police gun hit and killed a Hausa resident at Benin/Asaba Road, by Igueomo Junction.


The yet-to-be-identified victim was said to have been hit by a stray bullet on Wednesday evening, Feb. 28, in front of the house of a POS operator where he had gone to wire ₦4000 to his wife in his home village.


A source in the area who preferred not to be named disclosed that police operatives were in the area to arrest some hoodlums.


According to him, “Some Benin boys had an issue with the police. Some policemen stormed the area and in the process of chasing the boys, they fired their guns at the fleeing boys, the bullet hit the victim and he died on spot.


“The victim was said to have just transferred the sum of ₦4000 to the wife. When he heard of the commotion outside, it was said that he decided to run for cover, only to be hit by the stray bullet.


“Being that the entire area is dominantly populated by Hausa indigenes, they came out in large numbers, blocked the road in protest. They even vandalized some police vehicles that passed the area this (Friday) morning.”


The irate youths who were armed with sticks and machetes, erected barricades and set bonfires on the highway and ensured that no one have access to the either side of the road.


This blockade left commuters stranded, with passengers forced to disembark from buses arriving from both the Asaba and Benin city directions.


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