Confusion as Delta cop allegedly shoots girl, police claims fake news

“As I speak to you, the young girl is still in the hospital receiving treatment. She is not dead,” the source claimed, while the PPRO said, "the DPO went there and the doctor confirmed that bullets didn’t hit her."
Map of Delta State, Nigeria

Map of Delta State, Nigeria

The Punch, Dele Ogunyemi

The Delta State Police Command has labelled as fake news, the alleged shooting of a young girl by one of its operatives in Oleh, in the Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.

According to The PUNCH reported, the yet-to-be-identified policeman shot the victim who had been admitted to a hospital on Sunday.

The policeman was said to be chasing an alleged phone thief when a stray bullet hit the girl as he shot indiscriminately into the air to scare away people.

A source claimed that “It was a stray bullet from the gun of the policeman that hit the girl in the head.

“As I speak to you, the young girl is still in the hospital receiving treatment. She is not dead.”

Subsequently, a man, (name unknown) came public to identify himself as the initial target of the police.

The individual who is the host of a Facebook public forum, Umeh Need Road and had posted about the incident, claimed that the police were after him.

The post read, “I made a post of a girl being shot by police here in IDC road on Sunday, but this Wednesday morning police came to arrest people.

“Information reaching me is that they are coming for me. Now, what is my offence? Why do they what to arrest me if they know they didn’t do it?

“This simply points to one thing. If you don’t have money in Nigeria, you will face oppression even if you are right. If the girl’s father were to be rich, they would never try this.

“They would have been begging him not to take up the case. They will silently bury the case and not think of arresting anyone.”

However, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Edafe Bright, denied the report claiming that nobody was shot.

According to Bright, the Facebook post is fake news and no girl was shot.

He said, “The lady who claimed to be shot went to a hospital. The DPO went there and the doctor confirmed that bullets didn’t hit her, so it’s not true.

“But her family insisted that she was shot. I don’t know what they stand to gain; we have a medical report.”

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