An ND2 student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, PolyNek, is said to have been shot by a police officer with a gun who works for the Nekede Police Division.
At the Ben Jen lodge's entry gate in Umuokomoche, Owerri West Local Government Area, Imo State, the incident took place.
The bullet that struck the student's dorm gate was fired at Emeka Uwalaka, a student in the department of civil engineering, as he was allegedly coming home from church on Sunday.
Uncertainty surrounded the policeman's allegations against Uwalaka, although it was reported that he and three other officers departed the site following the confrontation.
According to reports, the pupils fled for cover as soon as they heard the gunfire out of concern about stray bullets.
On his way home from church on Sunday, Uwalaka spotted people running and questioned the caretaker why everyone at Ben jen lodge was running. Uwalaka then described the experience to DAILY POST on Monday.
According to him, “I only asked Mr Prince, the hostel caretaker who happens to be my brother, what happened. I didn’t even talk to the police officers and that was my only offence, before the trigger happy officer shot directly at me. I thank God I was not hit by the bullet.
Continuing he said, “Immediately I took a step toward the gate, what I saw was the muzzle, the front end of the gun pointed at me, if not God and the fact that I moved back immediately, I would have been a dead person today.
“I didn’t talk to the officer neither did I confront him. I appeal to Nigerians to please ask him what I did to him.”
He pleaded with the Imo State Command Commissioner of Police to find him and punish the accused policeman in order to serve as a warning to other officers who are hasty in enforcing the law.
Okeke Prince, the lodge's caretaker, also spoke and expressed dismay over his lack of confidence in the police officers' ability to keep them safe.
"These officers assaulted Mr. Okpara Emmanuel of the Department of Electrical Engineering, who is waiting for his NYSC call-up, and I questioned why they took away his wristwatch, his phone, and insisted they search his room," the caretaker said. Okpara Emmanuel is a student who is awaiting his call-up. Although I have to step in as the caregiver, the problem could have been resolved with the help of neighbourhood vigilantes.He said the police officer must face the wrath of the law.