2023: Police arrests officer who shot man during argument on who will win the gubernatorial election in Plateau

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A police officer serving with the Plateau State Police Command, Inspector Solomon Damak, has been arrested and facing an orderly room trial for shooting a young man during an argument over their preferred candidate in the gubernatorial election on March 11.

The Plateau State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Alfred Alabo, who confirmed the development in a statement on Monday, said the officer is currently in detention awaiting the trial.

The Police officer was said to have shot the victim, Nyommena Badapba, on Sunday, during a political argument based on who will win the forth coming governorship election in the state. According to an eye witness , the issue occurred when Damak said his preferred candidate for the election is the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Caleb Mutfwang, while Badapba said he preferred the All Progressives Congress (APC)Nentawe Yilwatda.

“As the argument became heated, people around told the victim to leave the vicinity as the officer who was apparently drunk, had started threatening to shoot the young man”

“The victim agreed to the advise of the people around and left the place but the officer followed him and shot him. He was aiming at the boy’s head but fortunately, he missed the target and the bullet hit him on the shoulder”

Describing the action of the Police officer as unprofessional, the Police spokesman said in a statement.

“The Plateau state police command condemns in strong terms the shooting of an unsuspecting civilian, Mr Nyommena Salah Badapba ‘m’ of TudunWada, Jos by an obdurate personnel of the command Inspector Solomon Damak.

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“The circumstances 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 firearms was recovered and he has since been detained for disciplinary action.

The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew 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”, He said.

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