A police inspector shot a 27-year-old man dead at the Banana Junction in Orlu town of Imo State on Tuesday for not wearing a face mask.
The incident which occurred around 3 pm caused an uproar in the area. Youths, including traders, threatened to invade a nearby police station.
According to The PUNCH, a detachment of police team were drafted to the scene to rescue the situation.
An eyewitness revealed that the victim, a commercial motorcyclist, who was with a passenger, was reportedly shot on a close-range by one of the policemen who were on a stop-and-search duty.
The eyewitness said, “A police inspector has shot and killed an okada rider at Banana Junction for not wearing a face mask. The policeman who stopped the man asked him why he was not wearing a face mask and one thing led to the other and he shot him on a close range and he died on the spot.
“The situation here is getting out of hands. The youths, okada riders, and traders are on a rampage. Policemen have taken to their heels. Those at the police station have removed their police uniforms and are putting on plain cloths.”