Police operatives have shot dead a 29-year-old man simply identified as Gift, during his birthday party in Delta State.

It was gathered that the operative allegedly shot sporadically into the air, before allegedly shooting the deceased, whose wife reportedly gave birth about three months ago.

The incident occurred at about 10.30 pm on Friday, at a popular drinking bar, at Obinomba community of Umukwata clan, in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State.

Gift, who was hit by the police bullet, was said to have been rushed to Dominion Medical Center in Obiaruku, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Sources who witnessed the incident alleged that nothing incriminating was found on the celebrant and his friends before one of the operatives shot directly at him.

“Some of the boys that were there with him said the policemen just drove down without interrogating anybody. They started shooting into the air and then aimed at the boy, shot him. They allowed him to bleed to death.

“When they noticed that the young man was bleeding and gasping for air, they immediately rushed him to Dominion Medical Center, here in Obiaruku, but on arrival the guy was confirmed dead and then they dropped him and zoomed off,” one of the witnesses alleged.

The incident led to a massive protest from residents of the community, comprising of women and youths, who blocked the Obiaruku section of the ever-busy Sapele/Abraka-Agbor Expressway, to demand for justice.

The protesters demanded the arrest, dismissal and prosecution of the officers involved in the killing of the victim.

Meanwhile, troops of the Nigerian Army have been deployed to Obiaruku and Obinomba areas of Ukwuani LGA to restore normalcy.

It took the timely intervention of Chairman of Ukwuani LGA, Possible Ajede, who led a team of military officers to meet with the deceased’s family and members of the community for normalcy to return.

Ajede, appealed to the protesters to open the barricades to allow vehicular movement, and vowed to get to the root of this ugly incident and ensure that justice is served.

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