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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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A policeman in Uso in Owo local government area of Ondo State has allegedly opened fire on a driver over his refusal to part with bribe at a checkpoint, TheCable reports.

The yet-to-be-identified driver was reportedly shot around 2pm while transporting some goods to Abuja.

According to a witness, the policemen at a checkpoint in Uso stopped the driver and made their request known but the driver failed to comply, insisting that his documents were complete.

The witness said, “The policemen flagged him down and he complied. After they demanded money from him but he refused, insisting that all his papers were intact. It later generated a lot of argument. The argument led to the shooting of the driver at close range.”

Reacting to the development, Femi Joseph, spokesman of the Ondo police  command, described the action of  the officer who shot the victim as barbaric.

He said the commissioner of police in the state had ordered a thorough investigation of the incident.

According to him, “The Ondo State Police Command regrets the unfortunate incident leading to the death of a truck driver whose identity is not yet known today 2/12/2019,” he said in a statement.

“The deceased was allegedly shot and killed by one of our Men who was on duty with others at about 1 p.m. at a point in USO via Owo.

“The Command Condemns this barbaric and gruesome murder in its entirety. While we Commiserate with the family of the deceased, we want to say that the action of this erring officer does not represent what the Nigerian police or the Command stands for.

“The Nigerian Police and by extension the Ondo State Command respects the sanctity of life and dignity of human person as enshrined in the Nigerian constitutions.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police Ondo State has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident while the defaulting officer will be made to face the full Wrath of the law.

“Once again, we apologise profusely for any inconvenience or embarrassment this isolated action must have caused anyone.”

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