Policeman arrested for shooting man during argument, to go through Orderly Room Trial

Policeman arrested for shooting man during argument, to go through Orderly Room Trial

A policeman, Solomon Damak, has been detained at a police facility in Jos, the Plateau State capital, for shooting one Nyommena Badapba, a resident of the Tudun Wada community during a political argument.

According to a statement issued by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Alabo Alfred, the police officer will today be facing an orderly trial at the State Police Command for allegedly shooting the young man.

Alfred, who described the action of the police officer as unprofessional, said he shot Badapba in his shoulder on Sunday during an argument on the candidate that will win the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

According to Alfred, the policeman during the argument castigated the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, saying he will not win the election slated for March 11.

But the young man was said to have countered the policeman’s argument, saying the governorship candidate will win the election, which then led to him being shot.

Alfred said after being shot, the victim was rushed to a hospital in the state, where he has been receiving medical treatment.

Alfred’s statement partly read, “The Plateau State Police Command condemns in strong terms the shooting of an unsuspecting civilian, Mr Nyommena Salah Badapba ‘m’ of Tudun Wada, Jos by an obdurate personnel of the Command, Inspr Solomon Damak.

“The circumstance 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 firearm was recovered and he has since been detained for disciplinary action.

“The Plateau Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew N. 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.”

“The Command assures members of the public that the Commissioner of Police is a responsible cop who does his job with the fear of God and therefore, will not tolerate any form of misconduct by any officer of his Command irrespective of rank.

“As part of wholesome practice in the Force, the erring officer has been defaulted and his orderly room trial will commence March 6, 2023,” the statement added.

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