An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Ifeanyi Henry has been arrested for allegedly assaulting women and children in Aba, the commercial city of Abia state.
ASP Henry was said to have caused tension on Saturday, July 17, at Okwu na Uka Street and St Michaels Road in Aba, at about 7pm.
He was said to have suddenly pulled out his pistol and started shooting up sporadically and assaulting people especially women, children and store owners without any provocation.
Eyewitnesses said his victims included wives of police officers who own shops close to the Aba Central Police Station.
One of the women had all her goods thrown into the gutter by the ASP, who also destroyed her kiosk and beat her up mercilessly.
Witnesses said throughout the incident, Henry repeatedly scared fellow police officers with his pistol and assaulted passers-by.
ASP Henry reportedly attempted to shoot a shop owner, but some mobile police officers around disarmed him.
As they were taking him to the station, Henry was said to have grabbed an AK-47 rifle held by one of the officers to continue shooting .
The mobile police officers repeatedly heat him hard on his arm before he left the gun while they bundled him inside the police station.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Geoffrey Ogbonna said Henry was in police custody.
“The Nigerian Police Force is a disciplined organisation, and there are laid down procedures in handling the issue of any erring officer irrespective of his rank and cadre.
“I condemn the actions of the police officer and I have to tell you that he is in custody right now and he will be treated departmentally,” Ogbonna said.