Misuse of Firearms: Gov. Ugwuanyi visits hospitalised victims, pays medical bills

From Maurice Okafor, Enugu

Following the unfortunate incident at the Golf Estate, GRA, Enugu, where a Police Inspector attached to Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 9, Umuahia, Abia State, who reportedly started shooting sporadically, leaving five victims dead and four others with gunshot injuries, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yesterday visited the victims at the ESUT Teaching Hospital Parklane, Enugu, expressing shock at the dastardly act. .

The governor was received at the hospital by the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, and the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Hycienth Onah, according to a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh. The governor empathised with the victims and wished them quick recovery. He also condoled with families of the deceased.
Gov. Ugwuanyi announced that his administration will pay all the medical expenses and in addition made some financial deposit at the hospital to ensure that necessary tratment is provided for the patients.
Gov. Ugwuanyi equally charged the hospital management to ensure that victims receive adequate medical attention.
The Police had in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed that the Police officer was “said to be on duty at RC Lotto Company, located within the Estate” and “has been arrested and taken into custody pending the conclusion of investigation.”
The statement confirmed that “four of the persons said to have sustained gunshot injuries are receiving treatment and five others whose injuries were critical, have been confirmed dead by doctors on duty and deposited in the mortuary for autopsy.”
It added that the CP has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (State CIID), to carry out thorough investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident.
The CP also called on eye witnesses “to volunteer useful information to aid swift conclusion of the investigation and ensure justice prevails.”

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