Police arrest officer for shooting driver, corps member
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”.