Policemen Kill SARS Operative After Mistaking Him For A Kidnapper
An operative of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in Anambra has been killed in error after some policemen on guard in a private residence mistook him for a kidnapper and opened fire on him.
It was gathered that the incident occurred near the home of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, in Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The SARS operative was reported to have accompanied one of his colleagues to effect an arrest at about 4.30 am in the neighbourhood when the sad occurrence happened.
A Police source who pleaded anonymity told The Punch on Friday in Awka that the deceased, whose identity could not be confirmed, was mistaken for a kidnapper by his colleagues.
“He (the deceased) accompanied one of his colleagues to somebody’s residence to effect an arrest at about 4.30 am.
“They were handcuffing their suspect when somebody who did not know that they were SARS operatives alerted some policemen on guard in a private residence in the neighbourhood.
“The neighbour had told the policemen that kidnappers were trying to abduct someone.
“As soon as the policemen arrived the scene and saw the SARS operatives, they opened fire at them and gunned down the deceased, thinking they were kidnappers.
“It was minutes after that his colleagues identified him as a SARS operative on special duty,” the source stated.
The Officer-in-charge of SARS at Awkuzu, Sunday Okpe, confirmed the incident.