Drunk policeman shoots neighbour with locally-made pistol in Calabar

Police say the officer has been arrested and was in custody.

A 32-year-old woman, Victoria Ekpe, has been allegedly shot to death by a drunk policeman identified as Sergeant Edu Nkanu.

Victoria was killed at her residence on Joseph Mkpa Street in Ikot-Ansa community, Calabar on Sunday.

It was gathered that Nkanu got home drunk from a party at 8.30 p.m on Sunday with a locally-made pistol in his pocket which isn’t his official police rifle.

Victoria’s cousin, Elizabeth narrated what led to the incident: “On Sunday, around past 5 p.m, my late cousin and I went out and came back by 8.30 pm. When we got back, she stood outside, pressing her phone while I went in to change my dress.

“When I came out, she was still standing there, fiddling her phone. At that particular time, the policeman came back from an outing. I asked him why he always got drunk anytime he went out.

“He immediately turned and brought out a pistol from his pocket, cocked it and pointed it at me. I got scared and ran. He turned to my sister, who was just busy with her phone, not knowing what we were discussing, and shot her in the neck.”

Police say the officer has been arrested and was in custody.

“We are going to deal with him decisively because the gun he used to shot the deceased is not our gun; it is a locally-made pistol,” a police spokesperson, Irene Ugbo, said.

“So, he is going to tell us where he got that gun from and who ordered him to shoot an innocent woman. There was no quarrel between them, as we were told. Although we heard that he used to threaten people.”

Ugbo added that the culprit would face dismissal and would be prosecuted in the court.

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