By Umar Yusuf
YOLA—AN Inspector of Police attached to the Girei Divisional Police in Adamawa State (names withheld) was, yesterday, lynched in Digino village, along the Girei Wuro Boki Road, after shooting dead a commuter and injuring two others over N50.
According to an eyewitness, “the Police Inspector, along with his colleagues, had mounted a roadblock on the ever-busy road.
“As the vehicle, loaded with goods and passengers, approached, the Police, as usual, flagged it down for stop-and-search. “The driver of the vehicle offered the Inspector N50 which the gun-wielding policeman rejected and demanded that it be increased to N100. This did not go down well with passengers on board. “One of the passengers pleaded with the policeman to allow them go to the market and that after sales, the amount demanded will be given to him.
“The Police insisted on collecting the said amount, and in the ensuing confusion, the passengers told the driver to drive off. “As he attempted to move, the Inspector opened fire on the vehicle, killing one passenger instantly, and injuring two others. “Angry about what happened, a mob attacked the Inspector, who was trying to escape, and lynched him.
The other members of the patrol team abandoned their dead colleague with his gun and took to their heels.”
The Police Command’s spokesman, SP Othman Abubakar, said the incident occurred following a misunderstanding between some passengers and a routine patrol team along the road.
Abubakar, who did not give details of the “misunderstanding,” simply said it led to the deceased opening fire, which resulted in the killing of a passenger. He said the late Inspector was mobbed to death, adding that the Police had recovered his corpse and gun with eight rounds of live ammunition.