The Plateau State Police Command has detained one of its officers for shooting a young man over political argument.
The officer whose name was given as Solomon Damak is being detained at a police facility in Jos while his orderly room trial will commence today (Monday).
The PUNCH had reported that the victim, identified as Nyommena Badapba, said to be a resident of the Tudun Wada community, was shot in his shoulder on Sunday during an argument with the policeman.
The argument was based on who will win the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
During the argument ,the policeman was said to have castigated the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, saying he will not win the election because he had nothing to offer but the victim had tried to defend the governorship candidate, a development which led the policeman to shoot him.
The victim who sustained gunshot injuries on his shoulder is said to be receiving treatment in a hospital in the state.
The Plateau Police Public Relations Officer, Alabo Alfred confirmed the detention of the officer in a statement on Monday.
He described the action of the police officer as unprofessional
The statement read in part “The Plateau State Police Command condemns in strong terms the shooting of an unsuspecting civilian, Mr Nyommena Salah Badapba ‘m’ of Tudun Wada, Jos by an obdurate personnel of the Command, Inspr Solomon Damak.
“The circumstance that led to the infliction of the gun injury by the recalcitrant officer does not fit into his professional calling but was done out of vindictiveness which contradicts the attributes of a Nigerian Police officer.
In order to ensure that the officer does not evade justice, the officer had been arrested. His firearm was recovered and he has since been detained for disciplinary action.
“The Plateau Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew N. Onyeka, has directed the Divisional Police officer, ‘A’ Division and other officers to visit the victim at the hospital to know his condition and make arrangements for payment of his medical bills.
“The Command assures members of the public that the Commissioner of Police is a responsible cop who does his job with the fear of God and therefore, will not tolerate any form of misconduct by any officer of his Command irrespective of rank.
“As part of wholesome practice in the Force, the erring officer has been defaulted and his orderly room trial will commence March 6, 2023,” the statement added.
The CP also assures that the disciplinary process would not be compromised and the outcome of the proceeding would be made public.
He urged members of the public to remain calm and continue to be law abiding as the command is doing all within it power to protect the lives and property of all Plateau residents.