An operatives of the Department of Security Services (DSS) was on Monday murdered in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
The incident came less than 48 hours after the offices of the agency were razed down in Nnewi, Anambra State.
It was alleged that the officer, identified as Prince Nwachinaemere Ezemuonye Ozuzu, from Irete, in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State was killed in Owerri, along Onitsha Road by some unknown gunmen.
Nwachinaemere until his sudden and painful demise was 38 years.
The officer was said to have been deployed for an official duty in Anambra few hours after the burning of DSS office in Nnewi.
He was said to have been killed while returning to his station.
Details of what actually happened are still sketchy as another account said that he was killed in an accidental discharge from the gun of one of his colleagues with whom he was on a joint task force team travelling back to Owerri
One of his cousins, Deacon Daniel Opara,(Danjay), who confirmed the incident described it as unfortunate.
He said, “We are yet to get the details of what actually happened as it was alleged that he was killed from an accidental discharge from the gun of a Police Officer attached to his colleagues with whom he was on a Joint Task Force on an assignment to Anambra State.
“The family is suspecting a fowl play as he was said to have been recently promoted.
“He joined the service about five years ago and was married with four children,” Opara added.
Meanwhile, the Imo State Police Command has denied that the DSS officer was accidentally killed by a bullet fired by a Police officer.
The Command stated that there was no recorded incident on 4th October, 2021, involving a Police officer from the Command at Mgbidi – Awo/ Owerri Onitsha Road, Imo State.
In a press release signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, of the Command, CSP Mike Abattam, the Commissionenr of Police, Imo State Command, CP Rabiu Hussaini, commended the good people of the state for their unalloyed support to the Command.
He further warned mischief makers to desist from spreading fake news, else they will face the full wrath of the law if caught.