Tragedy struck in Amandugba in the Isu Local Government Area of Imo state on Sunday after a mob allegedly hacked a police Sergeant ,Chijioke Okorie ,to death for killing a hotel guest, identified as Ojiegbe Azuoku .
Our correspondent learnt on Monday that the tragedy occurred at a hotel ,Golden C ,which was newly opened in the area.
The hotel was located closely to Isu LGA police Divisional Headquarters where the slain cop was reportedly working before his untimely death .
According to an indigene of the community who does not want his name in print,trouble was said to had erupted in the hotel around 8:45pm
The fracas ,our correspondent gathered attracted the attention of the policemen on duty .
On getting to the hotel ,Sergeant Okorie ,was said to had unprofessionally fired at the people which led to the instant death of one of the hotel guests .
Embittered by the death of the guest ,the people around alleged attacked the trigger happy Sergeant and hacked him to death immediately .
The development ,PUNCH Metro gathered threw the community into a turmoil as people ,hotel guests and police officers scampered to safety to avert more deadly occurrence .
The source told PUNCH Metro “the ugly development happened on Sunday night. There was a fracas at a newly opened hotel ,Golden C.The development attracted the attention of some policemen on duty at Isu Divisional Police headquarters which is close by .
On getting to the scene ,one of the policemen opened fire without any provocation at the people.one of the guests was gunned down. He died before he could be rushed to the hospital.
The people around went on rampage and hacked the trigger happy Sergeant to death.As we speak, the area is turbo charged .people, including policemen are running heater scatter .”
Confirming the tragedy ,the Police Public Relations Officer in the state ,Andrew Enwerem ,a superintendent of police,said that the state commissioner of police, Chris Ezike ,had ordered an intensive investigation into the murder case.
Enwerem ,who said that the police had restored normalcy in the area ,informed that the command had commenced the process of arresting the people who took laws into their hands .
The police spokesperson said “There was a fracas at a hotel known as Golden C at Amandugba around 8:45pm on Sunday.
The fracas attracted the attention of the policemen on duty at Isu Divisional Police Headquarters .on getting to the scene ,one of the policemen was said to have shot at the crowd .one person lost his life .The victim was from Nwangele Local Government Area.
On a reprisal ,the people took laws into their hands and beat the Sergeant to death.they administered jungle justice on him immediately.
As a commend, as much as we condemn the unwarranted opening of fire arm,we also frown at the jungle justice by the mob.We have began the process of identifying those who administered the jungle justice for arrest.
The commissioner of police has called for an immediate investigation into the matter. Normalcy has returned to the area .People are encouraged to go about their lawful businesses as police are on top of the situation.”
PUNCH Metro gathered that corpses had been evacuated by the police.