Ikpeazu criticizes shooting of protesting students by police – Nexus News

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has criticized the reported shooting of some protesting students of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, by the police yesterday.

Information gathered revealed that the students were protesting against the rape of their female colleague by a police operative attached to the Rapid Respond Squad (RRS).

The protest had caused a traffic congestion along the Aba-Owerri Road beside which the institution is situated.

Responding to the incident, Ikpeazu stated that it was not only unacceptable to the state government but also condemnable.

Picture of the raped student on bed

The governor, who responded through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka, stated that the shooting was excessive and uncalled for, stating that it could aggravate an already tense situation that could result in collateral damages.

He said: “Shooting at unarmed students who were protesting the alleged sexual assault of one of them by a police officer is against all known and recognised rules of engagement by law enforcement officers who could have employed other means other than deadly force to disperse the protesting students.”

Ikpeazu also urged the State Police Commissioner and the Aba Area Commander to make sure that the officers implicated in the shooting were identified and punished in line with extant police regulations.

He also advised the Commissioner to take steps to ensure that such occurrence of disproportionate force doesn’t occur again.

However, he directed the students to be disciplined and abstain from taking law into their hands while staging protests, noting that they must at all times exercise caution when confronted by police officers who are on legal duties.

“Under no circumstances must students confront police officers who are engaged in their lawful duties,” he said.

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