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Police arrest officer for shooting driver, corps member in Bayelsa

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Bayelsa Police command has confirmed the arrest and detention of a police officer that shot three persons during a squabble with a commercial bus driver in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Monday evening.

The Guardian gathered that the policeman, who was attached to a commercial bank in the state capital, fired two gunshots that injured a commercial bus driver, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member and one other.He reportedly escaped mob action by resident, but has since been arrested and detained by the state police command.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the arrest and detention, said yesterday that the yet-to-be-identified officer fired the shots during an altercation with a driver of a commercial bus over parking rights in front of the bank where he was on duty.

Butswat stated that in the ensuing melee, the policeman allegedly pulled the trigger of his rifle injuring the driver and one other occupant of the bus.Denying reports that three persons died through the incident, he said the bus driver and the NYSC member injured were receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa.He explained that the Commissioner of Police (CP) condemned the incident, while expressing sympathy with the victims and their families, promising that the case would be properly investigated.

Part of the statement read: “The Bayelsa Police Command has arrested and taken into custody one Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel for suspicion of discreditable conduct and unlawful use of his firearm.

“The suspect, a male NCO (non-commissioned officer), who was arrested on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, is currently in detention at the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID), Yenagoa. “The unfortunate incident leading to his arrest happened on January 6, 2020 when a PMF personnel on duty in a leading commercial bank in Yenagoa had an altercation with a driver of a commercial bus over parking rights. In the ensuing argument, the policeman allegedly pulled the trigger of his rifle injuring the driver and one other occupant of the bus.

“Police operatives of the command, who responded to the incident, have evacuated and rushed the victims to the hospital and they are responding to treatment.

“Meanwhile, the CP has condemned the shooting incident and called for calm from the citizens. While expressing his sympathy with the injured victims, family and friends, he has equally promised that the case would be comprehensively, speedily and conclusively investigated, and all indicted persons brought to justice.”

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