By Jethro Ibileke/Benin
A 29-year-old man simply identified as Gift, has been reportedly shot dead during his birthday party, by police operatives in Delta State.
The incident occurred at about 10.30 pm on Friday, at a popular drinking bar, at Obinomba community of Umukwata clan, in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was gathered that the operative allegedly shot sporadically into the air, before allegedly shooting the deceased, whose wife reportedly gave birth about three months ago.
Gift, who was hit by the police bullet, was said to have been rushed to Dominion Medical Center in Obiaruku, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Sources who witnessed the incident alleged that nothing incriminating was found on the celebrant and his friends before one of the operatives shot directly at him.
“Some of the boys that were there with him said the policemen just drove down without interrogating anybody. They started shooting into the air and then aimed at the boy, shot him. They allowed him to bleed to death.
“When they noticed that the young man was bleeding and gasping for air, they immediately rushed him to Dominion Medical Center, here in Obiaruku, but on arrival the guy was confirmed dead and then they dropped him and zoomed off,” one of the witnesses alleged.
The incident led to a massive protest from residents of the community, comprising of women and youths, who blocked the Obiaruku section of the ever-busy Sapele/Abraka-Agbor Expressway, to demand for justice…