It was another unfortunate day on Monday as another yet to be identified trigger intoxicated police officer opened fire and shot dead a truck driver.
Our findings revealed that the truck driver Mr. Ado Saleh, was traveling along Akure-Owo expressway, was shot dead following his refusal to pay N50 bribe to police officers at a checkpoint.
The incident led to a protest which halted movement of vehicles along the road.
Witnesses said that the refusal of Mr Saleh to pay the bribe led to a heated argument between him and the police.
“It was at the cause of the argument that one of the police officers shot him on the head,” one witness said asking that his name not be disclosed.
Another witness said that Mr Saleh “died instantly”.
The occurence degenerated into a protest that the police found difficult to control.
Confirming the occurrence on Tuesday, Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, told our correspondence that the incident was “unfortunate.”
“The said death did happen and it was indeed unfortunate. We commiserate with the family of the deceased, Ado Saleh, and enjoin the public not to use an isolated case of a police officer action to judge all police officers. We are investigating the matter and can assure the public that police loves the people.”
When asked for the name of the officer who fired the shot, he said he could not disclose that yet.
“I can’t say that now but I can tell you that we are investigating and the culprit will be brought to book.