In keeping with a report by Premium Instances, a police officer in Akwa Ibom has allegedly shot lifeless a person at a marriage ceremony attended by the state governor, Udom Emmanuel.
The incident occurred on Thursday in Ikot Ukab, Nsit Ubium Native Authorities Space of the state.
The sufferer has been recognized as Godwin Thomas.
The circumstances surrounding the killing remained unknown as on the time of submitting this report.
The police spokesperson, Odiko MacDon, confirmed the incident by an announcement issued on Friday, however stated that the police officer was but to be recognized.
“Our preliminary findings showed that as at the time of the incident, the security personnel from Akwa Ibom Government House had left the area,” Mr MacDon, a superintendent of police, stated within the assertion.
The police assertion stated the wedding ceremony was “well attended”, apparently referring to the presence of the governor and different dignitaries on the occasion.
“There were police personnel from within the state and neighbouring states on escort duties,” the police spokesperson added.
“While the identity of the perpetrator of this dastardly act is, for now, unknown, the Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed has ordered for a more discreet investigation to be quickly carried out to unravel the perpetrator of the said crime and prosecute same,” he stated.
The Akwa Ibom authorities on Friday stated Governor Emmanuel was “deeply saddened” in regards to the killing of Mr Thomas.
An announcement from the commissioner for info within the state, Charles Udoh, described the killing as a “tragic event at the end of an otherwise joyous occasion”.
Mr Udoh stated it was an “unwarranted loss of an innocent life”.
The commissioner stated the governor has directed safety businesses to “fish out” and “prosecute” the killers.
“While commiserating with the family of the deceased, the governor reiterates his administration’s commitment to the continued protection of lives and property within the boundaries of the state,” Mr Udoh stated.