A trigger-happy policeman, on Tuesday, killed a motorcyclist at the beach junction of Nsukka while trying to shoot into the air.
It was gathered that the policeman, whose identity was not released to the media, is attached to the Nsukka Building Material Taskforce set up by the Nsukka Local Government Transitional Committee Chairman, Rose Onah.
A witness said the taskforce numbering eight with four policemen were trying to compel a cement dealer to pay a fine for refusing to move to the building material permanent site.
“The pleading by the cement dealer attracted sympathy from people in the area who joined in begging the taskforce members to leave the man alone but they refused,” the witness said.
According to him, when the policemen saw the number of people closing up on them, they began to shoot into the air to scare people away.
One of the policemen, while trying to raise his riffle up lost control and shot a motorcyclist who was just coming out from a nearby restaurant after eating.
Premium times learnt that the killing sparked a demonstration, with the people of the area pouncing on the policeman that shot the man.
The operative was beaten to coma before a team of policemen from Nsukka police station arrived the scene. The team scared off the crowd, evacuated the dead motorcyclist and the wounded policeman.
When contacted, the chairman of Nsukka LGA, Rose Onah, said she had heard what happened but was yet to be fully briefed on the incident.