Police kill another person in Bayelsa

By Oluwole Ige, Yenagoa

Incessant accusations of alleged extra-judicial killings trailing the Nigeria Police continued, on Sunday, in Bayelsa, as another unidentified person was allegedly shot dead by the police around 1.30p.m along the popular Gen Sanni Abacha expressway, in Yenagoa, the state capital.

Eyewitness informed the Nigerian Tribune that the person believed to be coming from the church was said to have allegedly engaged some security operatives, who mounted check point close to the Monkey Brigde, which lead to the entrance of  Christ Embassy.

When Nigerian Tribune correspondent passed through the expressway around 12.30p.m, on Sunday, policemen were seen conducting random check on some vehicles and commercial motorcyclists plying the area.

The eyewitness hinted that the person was shot at a very close range and when the reality of the killing dawned on the trigger happy policemen, 3 patrol vans marked Ops Department of the Bayelsa State Police command came few minutes after to evacuate the mutilated body of the deceased.

Spilled blood of the victim was still sighted on the spot where the killing was allegedly perpetrated, when newsmen visited the scene of the incident.

Reacting to the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Eguaveon Emopkae, confirmed the incident, saying that it occurred under the Asikoro Division, but said he was still garnering more information on the circumstances surrounding the act.

He said: “I have been trying to gather information over this matter. I went to A Division of the state police command, nobody was ready to talk but later discovered that the incident occurred within the jurisdiction of the Asikoro Division,” he said.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Aliyu Musa, on Sunday evening, confirmed the killing, assuring that the matter was under investigation.

Originally published by Tribune