Residents of Rumuokoro axis of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, were yesterday thrown into fear following a heavy gun shooting by police personnel who tried to scare away crowd who were protesting the killing of a taxi driver by a police escort attached to a yet to be identified firm.
The taxi driver was killed by a mobile policeman, who was escorting a vehicle conveying frozen foods.
A trader at the scene of incident, at Rumuokoro junction, said that he was selling his product to a customer at the scene when the incident happened, noted that the policeman jumped into the vehicle and the driver of the truck zoomed off after he (the policeman) willfully killed his victim.
He narrated “I was selling water to some people when the driver finished loading his taxi. He was trying to enter the road but somebody was blocking him in the front, so the trailer driver that is carrying the MOPOL waited at the back and flared horn.
“Later the MOPOL man came down from the trailer and went to the taxi driver and shot him on the neck. He ran back and entered the trailer and they drove past. Because of fear people at that place ran and nobody chased the vehicle but it is carrying fish,” the little by narrated.
The State Police Command could not confirm the development as at press time.
But, the remains of the victim simply identified as Mr. Bright, a native of Ngwa in Abia State was later taken to an unknown destination by fully armed policemen who invaded the scene of the incident in commando style.
Meanwhile, some youths from the Igbo extraction who identified the victim as their brother barricaded the popular East-West road where the incident occurred in protest, halting vehicle movement.
The youths demanded that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ahmed Zaki, must fish out the perpetrator of the act and prosecute him.
One of the youths, who gave his name simply as Ifeanyi, said: “We are not happy that our brother Bright will be killed on the road where he came to look for daily bread without committing a crime.
“The policeman just came down from the vehicle killed him and left with any offence. This show how the people who are meant to be protecting us now have turned to our killers. We want the Inspector General of Police to look into this matter and give us justice. We are calling on the Commissioner of Police to fish out this officer and prosecute him.”
It was further gathered that fully armed policemen believed to have come from the state command invaded the scene of the incident to pick the remains of the victims.
The angry youths from the South-East had laid the remains of Mr. Bright on top of his car in the middle of the road, stressing that Governor Nyesom Wike, must visit the scene to see the injustice.
But the development took another twist when fierce looking officers arrived shooting sporadically into the air.
The endless shooting caused anxiety and grounded all business activities in the area. Shops along the road closed and residents of the area fled their homes to avoid being picked by strayed bullets.