Wuse Market Unrest: FCT Police Restores Normalcy

….. arrest the correctional officer who shot the victim

Following the report of civil unrest at Wuse Market on Tuesday, which was said to have started at about 3:30 p.m., the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth Igweh, who personally led a team of police operatives to the scene, has restored normalcy after assessing the situation.

A statement by the Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, made this known on Tuesday night.

The PPRO said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that one Ibrahim Yahaya ‘27 years’ was apprehended by operatives of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board’s (AEPB) Task Force and was taken before a mobile court, which sits every Tuesday in Wuse Market, and he was convicted.

“The suspect, along with others, was being conveyed to the prison when he reportedly jumped from the vehicle and took to his heels in an attempt to escape.

“Two armed corrections personnel who were in the vehicle went after him and, in the process, shot him.

“The said Ibrahim Yahaya was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors on the ground confirmed him dead.

“The development led some irate mobs who witnessed the situation to set ablaze eight (8) vehicles and ten (10) shops in the environment.

“The whole fire situation caused uproar from residents but was brought under control by the combined effort of the Federal Fire Service and other security agencies present.

“While normalcy has since been restored and investigations are still ongoing, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Benneth Igweh, urged residents to go about their lawful businesses without fear peacefully.

Meanwhile, the FCT Police Command has arrested the correctional officer by the name CA2 Usman Ishaya Magaji, the officer who shot the victim, Ibrahim Yahaya of Gishiri Village, Mabuchi.

The suspect is presently in police custody.