19 January 2013

Nigeria: Killer Policeman Asked Us to Say Our Last Prayers - Survivor

Details of how a policeman attached to the private house of the Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako killed his wife and that of his landlord emerged yesterday.

The policeman, identified as Inspector Dan Tibi, according to one of the survivors of the attack, ordered them to say their last prayers before he shot and killed the deceased.

LEADERSHIP WEEKEND learnt yesterday that before the policeman carried out the cold blooded murder, he informed his slain wife about his mission.

A survivor of the incident, who looked traumatised, initially refused to speak with our reporter, saying the case was being handled by the police.

But when our correspondent pressurised her family members, they offered to speak on the condition that he would not take photograph of the scene nor reveal their identities.

Subsequently, they revealed that the trigger-happy policeman had threatened to kill his wife after a mild argument. The survivor said that the police officer allegedly went to the police station and signed for the rifle he reportedly used in committing the crime.

"When the man came back with a rifle, he asked us to say our last prayers after cocking the gun. At that time we were seven, but having seen his mood, we ran for our dear lives. Immediately after we ran away, we heard gunshots and were later told that he killed his wife and was apprehended," the source said.

Another source told LEADERSHIP WEEKEND that the couple had not been in the best terms for a long time but declined to make further comments on the issue.

The police public relations officer of Adamawa State command confirmed the incident and said the inspector had been arrested and would be charged to court.

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