An amateur video circulating on Twitter and Facebook has shown two armed police officers dragging an unarmed, non-violent young man on a street in Benin City, before shooting him to death from close range, in broad day light to the shock of onlookers.
The victim fell down on the floor and apparently died instantly.
“Dem finish-am, ” a male voice was heard saying in Pidgin English,.
“Jesus!” another shocked female watcher shouted.
The name of the victim is yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report. It is still unclear what he had done. But the police said on Wednesday that he was a member of a violent kidnap gang.
The identity of the officers are still being investigated.
The incident looks to have taken place either on Monday or Tuesday from what people are tweeting and sharing on Facebook.
Nigerians are outraged by the killing.
Extra-judicial killing is common in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the police tweeted on Tuesday that the acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, “has ordered full investigation into the incident.”
“The @PoliceNG is, therefore, appealing to anyone who might have any useful information relating to the incident to reach us through any confidential means.
“We are committed to ensure justice is done.”
But on Wednesday, the police said the security officers seen in the video killing are from a “sister security agency”, and not from the police.
“It has been established that the armed men in the viral video are not officers of the @PoliceNG but operatives of a sister security agency,” the police said Tuesday on Twitter through its Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU).
“All the men rounded up in the video are members of a violent kidnap for ransom syndicate who were tracked down to the said location,” the Police clarified.
See the video below: