On Thursday evening (23th April) a member of the Rivers state task force team on covid19 allegedly shot and killed his female colleague. Human rights activists and groups have condemned the act done by these operatives while enforcing the lockdown.
It was gathered that the policewoman, who controls the traffic at Eneka first market in Port Harcourt, the state capital, was hit by a stray bullet when some task force members attempted to arrest fleeing traders.
According to an eyewitness account, the task force member threatened to shoot a trader who resisted arrest, killing his colleague in the process.
“When I say the Nigeria police needs orientation on handling arms people don’t take it serious. Just happening now a female policewoman was gunned down at Eneka in Port Harcourt by Governor Wike task force team who came to chase people who were selling in a market.“
“The female police officer who controls traffic at the market was shot down by a policeman. The female policewoman was begging on behalf of a shoe trader who was arrested by the policeman from the taskforce team.”
“The policeman threatened to shoot the trader if he doesn’t stop resisting arrest. As he pointed the gun the trader dodged the bullet only for it to catch the female policewoman on her head,” the eyewitness narrated“
POLITICS NIGERIA,gathered that the deceased was survived by her 2-year-old child.
In response to an SMS inquiry from POLITICS NIGERIA, the spokesperson of the Rivers state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the killing.
Also, the emergency control room confirmed the incident. The respondent who is a senior police officer promised to give full details of the incident