Rivers police confirms killing of a tricycle operator by trigger-happy officer


Statement by Nnamdi Omoni, spokesman:

The Rivers State Police Command was greeted Saturday morning with the sad and unfortunate incident of the death of a tricycle driver who was shot and killed by a Police Inspector on duty at Rukpokwu Junction in Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers State.

The incident attracted reaction from the Keke Drivers’ Union but was however immediately contained by our men deployed to the area.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan, has condemned the dastardly incident and ordered the immediate commencement of the Inspector’s Orderly Room Trial. The policeman is currently being tried and will be dismissed and charged to court immediately for murder.

The CP has equally extended the heartfelt condolences of the Inspector-General of Police and the Command to the families of the deceased and the Keke Drivers’ Union, assuring them that he will do all in his powers to ensure that the interest of justice is served in the circumstance.

He equally appealed to all aggrieved persons to maintain restraint and allow the law take its full course.

So far, the affected areas have been stabilized and security beefed up at the Rumuokoro Police Station to forestall any breakdown of law and order. Accordingly, calm has been restored and business activities resumed, while the situation remains under close monitoring.

It was gathered that the said policeman has been dismissed after the trial. Prosecution follows immediately.