There was tension in Asaba, Delta State, on Thursday, following the killing of a yet-to-be-identified man by the police at the DLA Road, Asaba.
Punch Metro gathered that some men, suspected to be Internet fraudsters, aka Yahoo boys, had driven a Mercedes Benz along the road when police operatives started chasing them.
A witness, who asked not to be identified, told Punch correspondent that the youth neither had a gun nor fired at the police.
He said, “The police chased their vehicle and shot at the tyre. The vehicle lost control and rammed into a fence. Three persons ran away; the driver of the vehicle came out and surrendered himself by raising his hands. Immediately, the police shot at him. The boys were five in the vehicle; three escaped, one was killed and they went away with his body, while one was arrested.
“It is very painful that the police, who are being paid with taxpayers’ money to protect us, are now killing people without committing any crime.”
Another witness claimed that he sighted the group coming out of a club and buying roasted plantain.
He said immediately the youth drove out, the police went after them.
“They may be yahoo boys, but they are innocent,” he added.
The suspect who was arrested by the police was identified as Emmanuel Chinedu.