Usman Umar, deputy commissioner of police in charge of operations in the federal capital territory (FCT), was killed on Monday during the clash between protesting members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as the Shiites and the protest in Abuja.
According to reports, the “kindhearted” DCP was shot while trying to pacify the protesting Shi’ite members. He later died at an undisclosed hospital.
Umar, until his appointment as the DCP, operations, was the principal staff officer (PSO), to Ibrahim Idris, former inspector-general of police (IGP).
Members of IMN had again on Monday taken to the streets of Abuja to demand the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, their leader, who has been in detention since 2015.
The protest, which began from NITEL junction at Wuse zone 2, was disrupted by armed policemen who cordoned off the road leading to the national assembly and three arms zone.
Videos seen by CHECKPOINTCHARLEY indicate that bullets were fired at the protesters as they advanced towards the Eagle Square. The situation sparked tension as workers fled while motorists abandoned their vehicles on the road.
The protesters also destroyed vehicles while a Channels Television reporter was also hit by bullets; His identity and condition could not be immediately ascertained.
A police inspector at the Force headquarters has described Mr. Umar as a very kind man.
He said, “The DCP was a very good man. We were at the mosque last Friday when he saw one man looking so haggard. The man told him how he had not been paid for over 14 months because he was unable to complete his IPPIS (Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information.)
“On hearing that the man was an Inspector, DCP Umar hugged him and immediately made calls to the officers in charge of the platform and the budget office. Today, the Inspector has been directed to come to the IPPIS office for enrollment on the platform. His death is so shocking.”