Tragedy struck at the Banana Junction in Orlu town of Imo State on Tuesday as a police inspector shot dead a 27 -year -old man for not wearing a face mask. The incident which happened around 3 pm caused a storm in the area as youths, including traders, threatened to invade a nearby police station.
Our correspondent learnt that a detachment of police team had been drafted to the scene to rescue the situation . An eyewitness told The PUNCH that the victim, a commercial motorcyclist, who was with a passenger, was reportedly shot on a close- range by one of the policemen who were on a stop -and -search duty.
The witness said, “A police inspector has shot and killed an okada rider at Banana Junction for not wearing a face mask. The policeman who stopped the man asked him why he was not wearing a face mask and one thing led to the other and he shot him on a close range and he died on the spot.