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Police inspector allegedly shoot man during political argument over who becomes Plateau governor

A serving police officer identified as Inspector Solomon Damak, has been arrested for allegedly shooting a man, Nyommena Salah Badapba, during a political argument in Tudun Wada Plateau State. 

According to Punch, the Plateau State Police Command will hold an orderly room trial for the officer on Monday, March 6, 2023 Damak is being detained at a police facility in Jos, the state capital.

It was gathered that the officer shot Badapba, a resident of Tudun Wada community, Jos North LGA on Sunday, March 5, during an argument between them over the two governorship flag bearers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party (LP).

During the argument, the police officer who happens to be a Mupun man castigated Dr Nentawe Yilwatda, the APC candidate, saying he will not win the election because he haS nothing to offer.

Badapba, the victim, tried to defend the governorship candidate, saying that he is widely accepted by Plateau people and will win the forthcoming election.

The development led to a minor argument between them before eyewitnesses admonished the victim and advised him to go home.

According to the publication, Badapba left the place but unknown to him, the police officer followed him. He was close to his house when Damak allegedly shot him on his shoulder.

The victim is said to be receiving treatment in Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jankwanno.

Spokesperson of the command, SP Alabo Alfred, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday March 6, described the action of the police officer as unprofessional.

“The Plateau State Police Command condemns in strong terms the shooting of an unsuspecting civilian, Mr. Nyommena Salah Badapba ‘m’ of Tudun Wada, Jos by an obdurate personnel of the Command, Inspr Solomon Damak,” the statement read.

“The circumstance that led to the infliction of the gun injury by the recalcitrant officer does not fit into his professional calling but was done out of vindictiveness which contradicts the attributes of a Nigerian Police officer”.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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