The Enugu State Police Command confirmed the discharge of Inspector Edem Ebong on Friday, five months after he shot and murdered five people.
This was stated in a command statement titled, ‘Re: Shooting Incident At Golf Estate Enugu; AIG Zone 13 Approves Police Inspector’s Dismissal And Prosecution.’
According to the statement issued by the Command Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, Ebong’s dismissal was approved by Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 13, Muri Musa.
On June 20, 2021, Ebong, assigned to Special Protection Unit Base 9, Umuahia, Abia State, opened fire on civilians at a lottery office, killing five and injuring four.
The Enugu Command confirmed the inspector’s dismissal and prosecution five months after the incident.
The statement partly read, ” The Enugu State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 13, Ukpo-Dunukofia, Anambra State, Muri Umar Musa, has approved the recommended punishment of dismissal from the Nigeria Police Force and prosecution of Inspector Edem Ebong, hitherto attached to Special Protection Unit Base 9 Umuahia, for the offence of murder.
“The approval is sequel to the Command’s conclusion of disciplinary trial and thorough investigation launched into the case of alleged shooting and killing of five persons, as well as the injury of four others for no justifiable reasons, by the Police Inspector, at Golf Estate Enugu, on 20/06/2021.
“To this end, the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal, while appreciating the general public, particularly residents of the State, for the level of patience and understanding shown while the disciplinary trial and investigation into the case lasted, has reiterated commitment to always deal decisively with Police Officers of the Command, found culpable in disciplinary offences against extant codes of conduct, rules of engagement and standard operating procedures of the Nigeria Police Force, especially as it concerns respect for fundamental human rights of citizens.”