A police Inspector, Afang Luke on Tuesday, mistakenly shot a junior colleague, Corporal Chinonso Okafor to death, in Delta State.
The Delta State Police Tactical Squad were on a routine patrol at Mosogar, Sapele when they intercepted some persons suspected to be cultists.
According to the report, the men made an attempt to run away when they sighted the police team.
A police source, who spoke to newsmen said that in the process to arrest the men, Luke accidentally shot Okafor from the rear.
“Inspector Luke was trying to stop the boys from escaping, but he mistakenly shot Corporal Okafor at the back. It was an accidental discharge,” the source said.
The victim was immediately taken to the Central Hospital, Sapele, where he was confirmed dead on arrival.
The incident which occurred on Tuesday at about 4:30 pm, led to the arrest and detention of Luke at the Sapele Division of the police.
The two suspected cultists were also arrested and detained at the same station with Luke, the report said.
Efforts to speak with the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, were unsuccessful as he did not answer several calls to his phone number, nor did he reply to messages sent as SMS and WhatsApp text.