It was gathered that two primary school pupils had engaged in a scuffle and Francis, who mediated in the fight, was on his way to attend to a customer when police personnel allegedly shot him after mistaking him for one of those they were looking for.
Ajisegiri Street, where Francis was shot, is separated from the Kosibetel Primary School, by a fence.
Residents said the pupils were lucky that bullets from the policemen’s guns did not hit them.
A resident, Aba Bailey, told our correspondent that the policemen, after killing Francis, raided many homes in the area and caused commotion.
She added that the SARS operatives went into a house, slapped a woman and disconnected the drip being administered to her 10-year-old son.
Bailey added that the policemen arrested not less than 50 innocent people in the area.
“Even though I was not there when Francis was shot, I was one of the first set of persons to see him after he was shot dead by the SARS operatives, who were in a silver Toyota Corolla car with number plate YAB 725 AP, which had tinted glasses.
“Many of the residents went to the scene of the incident and were standing around the deceased, but the police asked the people to leave the place. When they refused, the police personnel retreated only to return with reinforcements, shooting in the air and firing teargas canisters at the crowd.
“The police are fond of arresting people indiscriminately in this area. When they arrest cult boys, they release them few hours later after extorting money from them. The same thing they have been doing when they arrest innocent people in this area.”
The deceased’s sister, Esther, told our correspondent that she left for work early in the morning, but got a telephone call around 9am that her brother had been killed by policemen.
Esther, who hails from Adadama village in the Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, said her brother, despite his deformity, worked hard to ensure that the family did not lack.
She added that Francis had yet to get married and had no child.