From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, has called for a thorough probe of the alleged killing of an Aba-based businessman, Emmanuel Okocha, by a police officer, last Saturday.

Kalu, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Livinus Nwabughiogu, described the killing of the businessman as reprehensible and repugnant, insisting that the police officer responsible must be brought to book.

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Okocha, a native of Abiriba in Ohafia Local Government Area of the state, was reportedly gunned down on his way to the village by a police corporal attached to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Aba Division, for allegedly refusing to give 500 bribe to the police at a checkpoint, along Aba-Owerri road. Kalu, who represents Bende Federal Constituency of Abia State in the National Assembly, said the police authorities must ensure that justice is served in the matter.

He said the officer involved must be brought to face the law and the corresponding punishment, if found culpable, wondering why he jettisoned professionalism and the rules of engagement. The deputy speaker noted that the Nigerian laws are against the twin offences of bribery and murder alleged to have been committed by the police officer while on duty.

Kalu, while commiserating with the family of the deceased over the irreparable loss, urged them to have faith in the authorities and assured his determination to see that the course of justice is not perverted.  The deputy speaker also appealed to Aba residents to remain calm and wait for the outcome of the investigations, stressing that the consequences of taking laws into their hands could be grave. He called on the police hierarchy to update his office with the proceedings of the investigations.