A drunk policeman, Sergeant Edu Nkanu, has allegedly killed his 32-year-old female neighbour, Victoria Ekpe, in front of her six-year- old daughter.
The incident took place on Sunday at their residence at 11, Joseph Mkpa street, Ikot-Ansa community in the Calabar municipal local government area of Cross River State .
Reports said Nkanu had returned home drunk from a party at 8.30 p.m that night with a locally-made pistol in his pocket which was not his official weapon.
According to Elizabeth Bassey, the deceased cousin: “At about 8.30pm on Sunday, my late cousin and I were outside the compound. We had just come back from an outing; I went into the house to change my clothes while she stayed outside responding to some messages on her phone. Our mum, Mma, was also there.
“By the time I came out, she was still outside fiddling with her phone. Just about then, the policeman came back from his outing. Our mum asked him what he brought from his outing, he told her he did not come home with anything.
“He left Mma and came to the passage where I was standing, I asked him why he always got drunk anytime he went out. Immediately, he turned and brought out a pistol from his pocket cocked it and pointed it at me saying, this is what I brought from the party. ”
“I got scared and ran away, but he turned the gun to the direction of my late cousin, who was busy with her phone, not knowing what we were discussing and shot her at her neck.”
An elder sister to the deceased, Ekanem Ekpe, said her sister was killed in front of her six-year-old daughter, Blessing, who drew her attention to the death of her mother.
She said:“I saw him with a gun and I said, “Nkanu, what happened, you have killed my sister, he was just staring at the gun and at my sister, all he said was I don’t know what happened. It was at that point that I held him and started shouting. People came out and managed to collect the gun from him,”
“I don’t understand why a police officer would rather take people’s lives instead of saving them.
We were told at the police station that he had killed someone like this before, where he was serving in Obubra. He has a criminal file in police custody before now. Please, we want justice for my sister.”
The police public relations officer, Irene Ugbo(DSP) said the culprit would be dismissed and prosecuted in the court.
“The policeman has been arrested, he is in our custody and we are going to try him. The gun that he used to shoot the deceased is not a police gun; it is a locally-made pistol. So, he is going to tell us where he got that gun from and who ordered him to shot an innocent woman.
There was no quarrel between them as we were told. We are going to prosecute him for murder after his dismissal,” he said.