Po­lice ar­rest of­fi­cer for shoot­ing driver, corps mem­ber

The Punch - - NEWS - Daniels Igoni, Ye­nagoa

The po­lice in Bayelsa State say they have ar­rested a riot po­lice­man who shot a com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle driver and a Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps mem­ber in Ye­nagoa on Mon­day.

The sus­pect, a ju­nior of­fi­cer, al­legedly opened fire on the duo in front of a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion bank in the Ekeki area of Ye­nagoa, where he was as­signed to se­cu­rity du­ties.

he was said to have had an ar­gu­ment over park­ing rights with the driver who had the corps mem­ber as the re­main­ing pas­sen­ger on the bus.

The vic­tims are said to be in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Ye­nagoa where they are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.

Af­ter the of­fi­cer re­port­edly fled the scene af­ter shoot­ing the driver and corps mem­ber, some an­gry youths, who protested against the devel­op­ment, al­legedly de­stroyed part of the bank.

In a state­ment on Tues­day, spokesman for the po­lice in the state, SP Asinim Butswat, said the po­lice­man was ar­rested on the or­ders of the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Uche Anozia.

he said, “The sus­pect, who is cur­rently in de­ten­tion at the State Crim­i­nal In­tel­li­gence and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment, Ye­nagoa.”

Butswat con­firmed that the in­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter the po­lice­man had an al­ter­ca­tion with the driver over park­ing rights.

he said, “In the en­su­ing ar­gu­ment, the po­lice­man al­legedly pulled the trig­ger of his ri­fle, wound­ing the driver and one other oc­cu­pant of the bus.”

Mean­while, Anozia has con­demned the shoot­ing and called for calm.

The po­lice chief, who sym­pa­thised with the vic­tims, fam­ily and friends, promised that “the case will be com­pre­hen­sively, speed­ily and con­clu­sively in­ves­ti­gated, and all indicted per­sons brought to jus­tice”.

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