Tragedy struck in Amandugba, in the Isu Local Government Area of Imo State on Sunday, after a mob allegedly hacked a police sergeant, Chijioke Okorie, to death for allegedly killing a hotel guest, Ojiegbe Azuoku.
Our correspondent learnt on Monday that the incident occurred at Golden C, a newly opened hotel in the area.
The hotel was said to be close to the Isu Police Divisional Headquarters, where the slain cop was reportedly working before his death.
According to an indigene of the community, who did not want his name in print, there had been a fight in the hotel around 8.45pm.
The fracas, our correspondent gathered, attracted the attention of policemen who were on duty at the time.
On getting to the hotel, Sergeant Okorie was said to have fired into the crowd, which led to the death of one of the hotel guests.
People in the area were alleged to have attacked the sergeant and hacked him to death.
The development, PUNCH Metro gathered, threw the community in turmoil, as residents, hotel guests and policemen scampered to safety.
A source said
, “The ugly incident happened on Sunday night. There was a fight at Golden C, a newly opened hotel. The fight attracted the attention of some policemen on duty at the Isu Divisional Police Headquarters, which is nearby.
“On getting to the scene, one of the policemen opened fire on the crowd without any provocation. One of the guests fell and died before he could be rushed to a hospital.
“The people around went on the rampage and hacked the trigger-happy sergeant to death. As we speak, there is tension in the area. People, including policemen, are running helter-skelter.”
Confirming the tragedy, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, a Superintendent of Police, said the state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, had ordered investigation into the case.
Enwerem, who said the police had restored normalcy to the area, noted that the command had commenced the process of arresting those responsible for the death of the cop.