In a shocking turn of events, a police officer, Cosmas Ugwu, attached to the Imo State Police Command, was shot and killed by his 23-year-old girlfriend, identified as Amanda Uchechi Ugo from Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State.
The unfortunate incident took place on Boxing Day around 6:30 pm at the Ezinihitte Area Command. According to reliable sources, a dispute erupted between the deceased and his girlfriend in their room at the police station. In the heat of the argument, the young woman seized the officer’s rifle, fired three shots, ultimately leading to his tragic demise.
The report mentions that fellow officers on duty took cover upon hearing the three gunshots emanating from the room where the incident occurred. This distressing incident highlights the need for thorough investigations and measures to address potential risks within law enforcement facilities.
A source said on Thursday: “When police officers ran into the room later to see what was going on, they found Corporal Ugwu lying in a pool of his blood. The girl shot him three times in his chest and his left hand. He was rushed immediately to Evergreen Hospital in Ezinihitte, where he was pronounced dead by the doctor on duty.”
“It was like a movie,” the source added.
“Nobody actually knows what went wrong between the two, but how the girl was able to use a police rifle successfully is still a surprise to many. Maybe, Ugwu was the one who taught her.”
The remains of the slain officer have been deposited at the Obizi mortuary while further investigation continues.
The suspect is in police custody.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Imo State, Henry Okoye, confirmed the incident, saying the police were doing everything to ascertain what really transpired.
“Yes, the incident happened. We are doing everything to ensure we investigate the matter, to ascertain the fact and possibly arraign the suspect in court,” Okoye said.