A Corporal in the Nigeria Police Force, attached to the Gombe State Command, is in big trouble after he mistakenly shot dead a civilian identified as Bitram Boyi Baka, a staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, while trying to gun down his boss, an Inspector, who had got him annoyed.
Baka, a father of two, had reportedly gone to a beer palour to keep up with an appointment when he was killed.
According to witnesses, earlier that day, there was a disagreement between a Corporal and the Inspector and the junior officer stormed out of the joint and returned with his service rifle but before he returned, the Inspector had already left where he was seated and the unfortunate Baka had taken his seat, not knowing what had happened between the two officers.
Upon getting into the restaurant, the Corporal immediately opened fire on the innocent man, thinking that he was the inspector.
Baka was confirmed dead on arrival at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe, where he was rushed to.
Another witness said on the day of the incident, the Inspector had sent the Corporal to buy him some cigarettes, something that did not go down well with the junior officer and a disagreement ensued between them, leading to the unfortunate killing of an innocent man.
The bereaved wife of Baka, Hauwa, has appealed to the authorities to do bring her husband’s killers to book, lamenting the way the police authorities have handled the case so far.
Hauwa noted that the police didn’t even deem it fit to condole with her family, and fears the two children left behind by her husband, Stephanie and Stacy , will be left to suffer.
But the State Police Commissioner, Austin Iwar, said the police has nothing to hide as they are doing everything possible to bring the culprit to book.
“The police had dismissed the suspect. Presently he is in prison. There is nothing to hide.”