A Nigerian police officer has reportedly shot dead one of the workers of a construction company, Julius Berger while protesting against alleged mistreatment of staff members.
The victim has been identified as Samuel Ajayi, was reported to have died instantly while four others sustained severe injuries.
According to reports, the killer-cop was attached to the Bori Police Division of the state police command.
The protesters, who expressed their grievances to the Chairman of the Gokana Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, said the late Ajayi was among the persons shot when they went to the council secretariat to protest peacefully on Monday.
One of the workers, Moses Oniron, said, “After they (policemen) stopped us from gaining access to the company’s premises yesterday (Monday), we thought it necessary to go to the council secretariat to lodge our complaint.
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“In the process of going to the council, the policemen followed us. On getting to the secretariat, the chairman was not in the office, but we were received by his secretary, who addressed us and we left.
“At the point of going out of the council premises, we were attacked by these policemen and the Chief Security Officer of Julius Berger.
A cousin of the deceased person, Dominic Adeyemi, said his family was in deep pain.
Adeyemi said the late Ajayi had five children, adding that he was the breadwinner of the family with many people to fend for.
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“Yesterday, I did not see any of them (Julius Berger and police). On top of it, I was manhandled. They tried to dispossess me of the documents I used to deposit his corpse in a mortuary,” he added.