While members of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) were preparing to pass out some days ago, a female member in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, was deprived of the opportunity by the gun of a police officer.

She was in jubilation, as reported, but that ended on a sad note.

Days after her death, the police said the officer, whose name has been kept secret by the force, has been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.

On national television, the spokesman for the police, Jimoh Moshood, described the incident as unfortunate, but refused to give the name of the police officer (identified as an inspector).

The officer has been reportedly identified as Benjamin Peters. 

"The police man that carried out the shooting is not a mad man. 

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"The youth corp member was travelling in a vehicle with an open top and because of the jubilant atmosphere, as regards their passing out the following day and the issue of herself being retrained by the organisation she served with. 

"The officer said he heard the girl calling for help and thought she was being kidnapped. 

"The vehicle was flagged down and the vehicle driver acted as if he was going to stop and zoomed off.  The officer attempted incapacitating the vehicle by firing a shot at the tyre of the vehicle but the bullet hit the lady. 

"The police found that the procedures expected under the use of firearms were not employed and that was why he was found guilty," he said. 

Expressing the force's sympathy with the family of the lady, he said the Inspector General of Police, Mr Idris Ibrahim, has been briefed by the Commissioner of Police of the FCT Command.

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According to him, the police officer has been arraigned and a date has been fixed for his trial.

"No stone will be left unturned as regards the issue," he added.

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