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Ekiti shooting: Trigger-happy policeman dismissed as police speaks tough

The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed the erring policeman who released the shots that injured former member of the House of Representatives, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele and six others at a reception rally in Ekiti State.

DAILY POST reports that a police officer Friday shot an ex-lawmaker and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Opeyemi Bamidele and six others at the All Progressives Congress , APC secretariat in Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti secretariat in Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti.

The dismissal of the officer was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti Command, Mr. Bello Ahmed, on a live television programme, on Monday.

Ahmed said, “The policeman involved is dismissed already and even though he’s nursing some injury; and at the appropriate time, he will face the law of course. Nigerians will be briefed on the outcome of our actions.”

He stated that the politician who brought the erring cop was also in detention and would be charged to court soon.

“We have robust arrangement to regulate and observe these political activities as its unwinding in Ekiti State, in fact in the entire state. We just got a robust deployment of mobile policemen and that will be increased as the campaigns are progressing.

“You know what is on the ground will determine what will be done. If the situation on ground dictates we behave otherwise, we will do provided it is within the confines of the law. This morning (Monday) I’ll be having a meeting with all the political chairmen. We have programmes for them.

“We are going to regulate every inch of activity in the state. We will not sit down and tolerate any act of lawlessness, whoever is involved. The police, we are willing, competent to take action against any group or persons as far this campaign is concerned.”

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