A bus driver, David Legbaraa, has reportedly been killed by a police officer along Ikwerre road in Obio/ Akpor local government area of Rivers State.
The incident occurred on Friday, August, 7, 2015.
The State Police Command has reacted swiftly to this by apprehending the policeman responsible for Legbaraa’s death.
In a statement by the Rivers State Police commissioner Chris Ezike; Sergeant James Imhalu the officer in question has been arrested and detained.
According to Punch, Ezike released a statement yesterday August, 8 in which he criticized the act. He added that the police have begun a proper enquiry into the situation in a bid to reveal the actual intent behind Imhalu’s action on the day.
Ezike said: “On August 7, 2015 at about 12.20hrs at Wimpey Junction, Ikwerre Road, Port Harcourt, a policeman on stop and search duty shot and killed one David Legbaraa, ‘m’, 37 years of age, who was a bus driver in clearly unacceptable and avoidable circumstance.
“This action sparked off spontaneous protest from drivers, sympathisers and indeed members of the public who rightly saw the action of the policeman as unjustifiable. The protest spread to major highways and caused traffic dislocation and pains to members of the public.
“The policeman was promptly disarmed, arrested and detained while I ordered full-scale investigation into the circumstances and ramifications of the painful incident.”
Ezike further explained that the Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase, has been informed of the incident.
According to Punch, Arase has ordered that Imhalu be charged to court upon conclusion of the investigations.