A youth leader in Ugbor, Edo State, Sunny Blackky, was killed yesterday during a fracas between policemen and youths in the community.
A policeman was shot during the incident.
Attempts by the youths on a revenge mission to burn the police station in the community was resisted by a detachment of policemen.
It was gathered that trouble started when some youths beat up a boy from the community who was said to have been caught defiling a girl.
Friends of the alleged rapist were said to have retaliated by fighting back at the youths who beat up their friend. The police later intervention.
It was learnt that the late Sunny Blackky was shot in the leg after a policeman was shot by the youth.
Commissioner of Police Olayinka Balogun said Blackky shot at the police first before he was shot at.
He said he died at the hospital from gunshot injuries.
According to him, “about a week ago, two people fought. Somebody who claimed to be a youth leader ordered for the arrest of those who fought and tried them at a kangaroo court.
“He ordered the one he found guilty to be flogged.
“The man they flogged went to the police and when the police went there, the youth leader said the police have no right to come to his territory.
“He brought out a gun and fired at the police. The police shot him in the leg and he died at the hospital.
“He took laws into his hands. He did it even with the police. We can’t allow such a thing to happen the police officer who was shot and his condition is critical.”
source: The Nation