A young Air Force Officer, Val Monfort Sixtus, was, shot dead on Boxing Day by a policeman in Calabar, Cross River State.

The unfortunate incident reportedly happened around 10am at Unity Bank ATM stand along Marian Road, Calabar. Confirming the news, on Thursday, the Cross River State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, said:

“Yes, we are aware of the incident.

The Police Officer that was posted to the bank as point of duty, was sitting down when all of a sudden he heard some noise from the ATM Machine stand.

So, his duty as a Police Officer was to go there and find out what was really happening. When he got there, he was trying to interfere and he was like what is happening here?

All of a sudden, the whole crowd attacked him, so, he released a bullet which went straight to an Air Force Officer. Although, he didn’t know, because they were not on uniform.

They actually attacked him, they slapped the Policeman first before he released the bullet.

Investigation is on and if we find that truly he was at fault, of course we will leave no stone unturned in discipline.”

The incident report, NAF17/32770 CPL VAL MU, reads:

The Airman was shot at about 0950HRS on 26 Dec 18 by a Police Sergeant at Unity Bank along Marian Road, Calabar. The remains of the deceased has been taken to the UCTH for autopsy. Though situation was tensed, TPS have been briefed to remain calm.

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The Cross River Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, while explaining what led to the shooting, said:

The Police Officer that was posted to the bank as point of duty was sitting down when all of a sudden he heard some noise from the ATM Machine Stand.

So, his duty as a Police Officer was to go there and find out what was really happening.

When he got there, he was trying to interfere and he was like what is happening here?

All of a sudden, the whole crowd attacked him, so, he released a bullet which went straight to an Air Force Officer.

Although, he didn’t know because they were not on uniform – they were all on mufti. They actually attacked him, they slapped the Policeman first before he released the bullet, but it’s under control.

The Airman died at the point, but the Commander and the Commissioner of Police were able to bring down the situation.

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