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PLATEAU: Police hold orderly room trial of cop who shot man during argument

THE Plateau State Police Command will hold an orderly room trial today for a police officer, Solomon Damak, who allegedly shot a young man during a political argument yesterday.

Damak is being held in a police station in Jos, the state capital.

The victim, identified as Nyommena Badapba, a resident of the Tudun Wada community, was shot in the shoulder after a debate with a police officer yesterday.

The debate was centered on who would win the state’s upcoming governorship election.

During the argument, the policeman was said to have castigated the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, saying he would not win the election because he had nothing to offer, but the victim attempted to defend the governorship candidate, prompting the policeman to shoot him.

The victim, who suffered gunshot wounds to his shoulder, is reported to be getting treatment in a public hospital.

In a statement issued today, Plateau Police Public Relations Officer, Alabo Alfred confirmed the officer’s detention.

He called the police officer’s actions 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 further guaranteed that the disciplinary procedure will not be jeopardized and that the conclusion of the proceeding would be made public.

He encouraged the public to be calm and law abiding, as the command is doing everything in its ability to preserve the lives and property of all Plateau residents.

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