An unidentified officer of the Department of State Services (DSS) has allegedly killed a man in Alor Community, Idemili South LGA of Anambra State.
Nnaemaka Nnabuenyi, a domestic worker of an engineer, Emeka Eze, was on Christmas Day hit by a bullet fired by the DSS officer.
He was said to have died on the spot.
Reports say the officer was targeting a cow meant for slaughter for Christmas after the animal cut itself loose.
The officer reportedly missed his shot which ended up hitting Mr Nnabuenyi.
Anambra police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, released a statement on Thursday to refute rumours that a police officer was involved.
The statement said: “The attention of the Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to a misleading report being circulated that one Onyeocha Umuokwu was allegedly shot by a police officer at Engineer Eze’s house on the 25/12/2019 in Alor Community, Idemili South LGA of Anambra State.
“The report probably orchestrated by mischief makers who want to portray the police in bad light is totally misleading.
“In order to clear ambiguity and to set the record straight, on the 25/12/2019 at the residence of one Engr Emeka Eze of Umuokwu village Alor, a DSS personnel whose identity is yet unknown attached to a VIP allegedly fired gunshot at a cow in a bid to stop it from escaping but the bullet missed target and allegedly hit one Nnaemaka Nnabuenyi (a domestic staff of the said Engineer) popularly known as Onyeocha and the victim died on the spot. The incident was not reported to police.
“Following the incident, police detectives led by DPO Nnobi Division visited the scene but neither the Engineer nor the victim’s relative are willing to provide any useful information that will aid police investigation.
“However, corpse was taken to the mortuary for autopsy and case is under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.”