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26 Jul 2018

How a police officer killed his landlord’s daughter in Cross River

The Police Command in Cross River has dismissed a Police Sergeant, Edu Nkanu, from Abu local government area of Cross River State.

Nkanu was dismissed for shooting his landlord’s daughter, Miss Victoria Ekpe, 32-year-old, to death at Joseph Mkpan estate in Ikot Ansa in Calabar.

The suspect, who was allegedly drunk, shot the victim with a locally made pistol when he came back.

An eyewitness said the victim was shot on the neck and that she died on the spot.

She alleged that the suspect was shouting “I feel like shooting somebody” and ended up shooting the victim.

Another eyewitness, Elizabeth Bassey, said Sergeant Nkanu came home drunk from a party and when she asked him why he always came home drunk, he brought out the pistol from his pocket and pointed it at her.

According to her, “On Sunday around past five in the evening, myself and my late cousin went out and came back by 8.30 pm, she stood outside pressing her phone while I went in.

“By the time I came out, she was still standing there fiddling her phone and she asked me what was going on inside the room and I told her nothing.

“At that particular time, the policeman came back from an outing and our mummy was also outside. Mma asked him what he brought from his outing, he told her he did not come home with anything, he left Mma and came to the passage where I was standing.

“I asked him why he always gets drunk anytime he goes out, immediately, he turned and brought out a pistol from his pocket cocked it and pointed it at me said this is what I brought from the party. I got scared and ran; my sister was just busy with her phone, not knowing what we were discussing, he turned the gun to her direction and shot her at her neck”.

The elder sister to late Victoria, Ekanem Ekpe, said her sister was killed in front of her 6-year-old daughter, Blessing, who drew her attention to the death of her mother.

Ekanem pointed to her late daughter, “This is her daughter Blessing, and she was standing by the mother when she was shot. I was inside when I heard the gun shot but I did not come out immediately until when I heard the daughter screaming, ‘uncle you have killed my mummy’ that was when I came out.

“Behold my sister was lying down dead, blood was gushing out from the side of her neck. I saw him with a gun and I said, ‘Nkanu, what happened, you have killed my sister, he was just staring at the gun and at my sister, all what he could say was, Mma Nurse, I don’t know what happened.

“That was when I held him and started shouting; people came out and managed to collect the gun from him. I don’t understand why a police officer would rather take people’s life instead of saving lives.

“We were told at the police station that he had killed someone like this before where he was serving in Obubra. He has a criminal file in Police custody before now. Please we want justice for my sister.” She lamented.

When DAILY POST contacted the Police Public Relations Officer ,Ms Irene Ugbo on phone on Wednesday, she said the suspect was tried and dismissed.

She said the suspect would soon be tried in court of competent jurisdiction.

“The suspect was tried in the orderly room and was dismissed from service. He would soon be tried in court,” she said.

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