Police kill okada rider over traffic offence

By George Onah

Port Harcourt – One person was shot dead and another critically injured, yesterday, by policemen in Ikom Local Government Area of Rivers State over traffic offence. The incident resulted in widespread protest and restricted the movement of policemen in the area.

Vanguard gathered from former youth leader, Mr. Richard Agbor, who spoke on telephone, that the trouble started, yesterday, when policemen on vehicle inspection exercise at Abiji Nkpor, Ikom Urban Ward 1 accosted a commercial motorcyclist, Mr. Bachott Ese and demanded for his bike particulars.

Agbor, who said he was an eyewitness, said: “A disagreement ensued between the policemen and Ese, leading to a struggle for the possession of the bike. The boy was later wrestled to the ground by three constables.

“While the struggle continued, a Sergeant in the team suddenly pulled out his AK47, cocked the gun and without further warning, shot the boy at close range.

“The shooting sparked-off a protest by youths in the town, who march to the police office at the Four-Corners, demanding justice and prosecution of the Sergeant for the unlawful killing of the cyclist.”

curled from Vanguard

  • Mayofemsurcess

    in our country nowadays,the rate of police brutality and extra judicial killings is alarming. the government need to create a mobile number for the citizen to call whenever a policeman is seen extorting or harassing innocent people.because if the police are not stop, i fear they will take another step greater than extorting or extra judicial killing. 

  • V Oilservices

    This is absolutely not acceptable, why on earth a civilian should be shot dead over traffic offences is an absolute disgrace to the country of Nigeria. This police men half of which are high on drugs and alchohol while on duty should also be put on death row for punishment of their crime. He who kills should be killed.

  • Littlejohn092000

    When will this abuse of authority and power stop in Nigeria eh? in fact everybody should be allowed to carry a gun so we can shoot back at the police when they shoot at us unnecessarily. Unserious fools!!!!!