Policeman kills conductor in Rivers

A police corporal, attached to the Anti-Pipeline Vandalisation Taskforce, Zone 6, Calabar (name withheld), but on duty at Olokobo in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, has shot and killed a bus conductor.

The policeman had misunderstanding with a tanker driver on Friday, but ended up shooting the conductor, who was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died shortly after.

The tanker drivers, yesterday, poised for a showdown, blocking the main road, near the ever-busy East-West Road, and vowed to embark on an indefinite strike, to protest the killing and lawlessness of policemen, soldiers and other security personnel in the area.

The Rivers Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulam, DSP, who confirmed the incident, said the errant policeman had been arrested, dismissed and to be charged to court this week.

Ugwuegbulam said the police corporal was being detained as at press time, with his weapon recovered, while the state’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had taken over the matter, adding: “The tanker drivers’ threat of road blockage and strike are being managed.”

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