By Cletus Opukeme, Warri
Three policemen are cooling off in police detention, waiting for prosecution over their connection in the murder of a woman, one Mrs. Ughochukwu Grace Dabo who was shot death by armed robbers at the weekend in Warri, Delta state.
Daily Watch gathered that the disease, one Mrs. Ughochukwu Grace Dabo was driving home last week met policemen from Aladja, Ovwian during the night at about 7;30 who were on routine patrol. They stopped her and searched the car for particulars.
Our source said that the woman had all the correct particulars and so was asked to go. While she was about drving off, one of the policemen spotted the car with tainted glass and asked her to stop again and demanded for the police ‘‘tainted glass permit’’ with which she was unable to provide and her car was impounded, leaving the woman and her eleven years old girl on the road.
Armed robbers who were disguised in a commercial tri-cycle. Popularly called ‘Keke’’ met her and tried to disposes her of her bag, in the ensued struggle, they shot her death before the eyes of her eleve3n years old daughter.
Confirming the incidence, the Delta state police public relations officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya said in a press statement sent to journalists,‘‘ On the 20th of July, 2019 at about 1920hrs, while one Mrs. Ughochukwu Grace Dabo was driving home in the company of her 11yr old daughter Dabo Oghenenyerhovwo Evon in her Toyota Sienna Space Bus Reg. No AGL 822 EY, she was intercepted by Police Patrol team at Igbiki junction, Ovwian-Aladja and when she could not produce the vehicle documents on demand by the Police, the vehicle was impounded and taken to the Police station for further investigation, while the woman was left at the scene having refused to go along with the Policemen to the station.’’
However, on the same night, ‘‘at about 2105hrs, her husband one Mr. Benjamin Dabo later reported to the DPO at the station that, while the woman was on her way home with her daughter in a commercial tri-cycle they boarded, she was attacked, robbed and shot dead by a three (3) man Armed Robbery gang operating with the same tricycle unknowingly boarded by her, but her 11yr old daughter survived the attack and escaped unhurt. She was able to narrate how her mother was killed by men of the underworld who are yet to be arrested.’’
The Commissioner of Police regrets the unfortunate incident leading to the death of the deceased and commiserates with her family members. He therefore assured members of the Public, and in particular the immediate family of the deceased, of the commitment of the Police to thoroughly investigate the role played by the Police in the incident and to ensure the arrest of the fleeing Armed Robbers with a view to ensuring that full justice is done without fear or favour.
Meanwhile, the three policemen who led the woman to her untimely death have arrested by the police at the order of the DPO at the station, who are now cooling off for thorough investigation and prosecution to act as deterrent to others.