A member of OSPAC vigilance group has allegedly shot dead Air Force personnel in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
It was gathered that the incident, which was a carry-over aggression that started on Monday between the victim identified as Kasike Eugene and the suspect, who is popularly known as TwoFace Emechata.
Chairman of the Community Development Committee (CDC) in Omuanwa, community in Ikwerre LGA, where the incident occurred, Ugo Chinna, has confirmed the development to journalists.
Chinna disclosed that the suspect had been arrested and handed over to Police for further investigation.
The CDC chairman, who spoke to newsmen on phone, said that the deceased, who hailed from the community, allegedly went to the OSPAC office and ordered the release of a suspected cultist who was in the process of denouncing cultism after he was arrested by OSPAC.
According to him, the leadership of OSPAC refused and ordered the suspect to push the victim out of their office.
He explained: “Yes, we lost a hardworking young man, an agent of Federal Government. It’s pitiable. But, no matter how it is, it is unfortunate that he is dead already. If not, we would have his own side of the story, because it is as if we are hearing one side now.
“But, what I did quickly when I got the wind of the development, I called the OSPAC people. This incident is a case of carry-over aggression.
The CDC chairman said he was told the Air Force personnel was furious about their (OSPAC) refusal.
Chinna continued: “So, I got to know that it was the boy (OSPAC member) that pushed the victim outside on the order of the leadership of OSPAC. That was on Monday.
The CDC, Chairman condemned the killing of the Air Force personnel, adding that the law should take it cause.
He, however, advised youths of the community not to do things that would truncate peace of the community.
The CDC chairman added that it was the collective decision of the community to bring OSPAC and not his sole decision.
State acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Grace Iringe-Koko, has confirmed the incident and arrest of the suspect.
Iringe-Koko, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), added that investigation into the matter has commenced.