Several human rights groups have openly condemned the killing of an artisan and food vendor, identified as Mrs Precious Chioma Okwuadigbo, by a drunk security personnel, who was said to be a naval officer.
According to reports, the shooting and killing of the victim occurred within the environment of Club 64, a popular nightclub located at Baybridge, Yenagoa, the state capital.
The naval officer, who is currently at large, was said to have emerged from the club drunk before having a confrontation with some persons at the scene of the incident.
“The shooter came out of the club drunk. He had a misunderstanding with some persons. He pulled out his pistol and shot into the air twice,” an anonymous source said.
“He wanted to shoot the third time but the bullet strayed and hit the woman selling food at the area. She died before she could be taken to the hospital by sympathisers. The shooter ran away from the area.”
Initial reports indicated that the club manager was arrested by the police but was later released when it was proven that the incident occurred outside his nightclub.
The club owner was alleged to have withheld the name of the officer who, according to some people, was a regular customer at the club.
The Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) condemned the incident in a statement signed by its Chairperson, Maria Olodi-Osumah, and Secretary, Grace Koinyan.
“It’s disheartening that Chioma OKwuadigbo at thirty five years in her prime, life was snuffed out of her by security operatives who ought to protect her as a Nigerian,” the statement read.
“The pain and sorrow caused by the death of Mrs OKwuadigbo cannot be quantified as she left behind two children who still require the nurturing and love of a mother.
“Despite the fact that the incident had been reported to the police, no arrests have been made. Chioma’s death should not be swept away.
“We are therefore calling on the Nigeria Police to as a matter of urgency swing into action by arresting the officers involved, carry out thorough Investigation and ensure that the culprits are brought to book. That is the only way justice will be seen to be served.”