Police dismiss alleged killer of NYSC member in Abuja

Linda Igwetu NYSC member shot by Abuja policeman

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command says it has arrested and dismissed a policeman who allegedly killed a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Linda Igwetu, serving in Abuja.

Miss Igwetu was allegedly shot in the early hours of Wednesday, a day before she was due to pass out from the NYSC programme, around Ceddi Plaza.

She was rushed to the Garki General Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

FCT Police Commissioner, Sadiq Bello, announced the arrest and dismissal of the killer cop while addressing newsmen on the incident in Abuja on Friday.

Mr Bello said that necessary disciplinary procedures had been concluded.

“He (suspect) has been dismissed from the force and arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction and he is currently on remand awaiting trail,” he said.

“It was alleged that the lady, one Angela Igwetu stood up and brought out her head through the sunroof of a Toyota Camry car shouting and calling for help that she was kidnapped.”

Bello said that the police claimed that they flagged down the vehicle but the driver refused to stop which made the police inspector open fire on the vehicle which hit the deceased.

The commissioner said that the command would not condone act of irresponsibility and incivility or outright criminality on the part of officers and men.

“They have always been admonished to be civil to members of the public and be professional in the conduct of their duties,” he said.

He reassured residents of the territory to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation or harassment as their peace and security were guaranteed at all times.

Bello appealed for calm and understanding from members of the public and family of the deceased as justice would prevail in the matter.