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Wuse Unrest: Police Arrest Officer for Shooting Escapee Convict

The FCT Police Command has said it has arrested the Correctional Officer, CA2 Usman Ishaya Magaji, who shot one Ibrahim Rahim Yahaya of Gishiri Village Mabushi, resulting in the civil unrest and mob action at Wuse Market on Tuesday.

Recall that the said Ibrahim Yahaya haven been convicted by an FCT mobile court, was being taken to prisin when he jumped off the vehicle and tried to escape before he was shot.

A statement by the FCT Police Command said, “The suspect (Correctional Officer) is presently in police custody as investigation is ongoing .

Normalcy was restored when the FCT Police Commissioner, CP Benneth Igweh led a team of Police operatives to Wuse to quell the civil unrest at Wuse Market on Tuesday which was said to have started at about 3:30pm.

A statement by the Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that one Ibrahim Yahaya ‘27 years’ was apprehended by operatives of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) Task Force and was taken before a mobile court which sits every Tuesday in Wuse Market, and he was convicted.

“Suspect alongside others were being conveyed to the prison, when he reportedly jumped from the vehicle and took to his heels in an attempt to escape.

“Two armed corrections personnel who were in the vehicle went after him and in the process, shot him.

“The said Ibrahim Yahaya was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors on ground confirmed him dead.

“The development led some irate mobs who witnessed the situation to set ablaze eight (8) vehicles and ten (10) shops in the environ.

“The whole fire situation caused uproar from residents but was brought under control by combined effort of Federal fire service and other security agencies present.

“While normalcy has since been restored, and investigation still ongoing, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth Igweh enjoined residents to peacefully go about their lawful businesses without fear.

“He also enjoined residents to report suspicious activities through the following emergency lines: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883; PCB: 09022222352.

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