An unidentified mobile policeman allegedly shot a soldier to death in Odimodi community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State in an incident which happened on Saturday.
The two men were said to be guarding an oil facility operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company and had engaged in an argument which allegedly led to the killing.
According to a leader in the community, who didn’t want to be named, the policeman fled the scene with the soldier’s gun after killing him and shot in the air to scare people away.
“When people got there, they discovered that the mobile policeman had killed the soldier. The policeman cocked his gun and fired at the soldier and thereafter shot to scare people away from the scene.
He (policeman) took the soldier’s gun and ran away. As of now, he has not been apprehended. The JTF authorities have removed the corpse of the slain soldier. There is tension in the community as we speak. People are afraid that the military may invade the community,” the leader said.
The spokesperson for Operation Delta Safe, Major Ibrahim Abdullahi, said he was not aware of the incident. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Andrew Aniamaka, promised to react after speaking to the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area.
However, an operative of the Department of State Services confirmed the incident, adding that efforts were being made to apprehend the killer cop.