Riot in Bayelsa state made policemen kill three people

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A report by The Nation indicates that riot has broken out in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state after a policeman shot dead a commercial driver and two of his passengers.

According to the report, the policeman who was guarding a new generation bank at the Ekeki area opened fire on the commercial bus and escaped the scene shortly after the quickly boarding a commercial tricycle.

It was learnt the bullet, which was shot at close range, pierced through the driver’s head and hit two other passengers, including a suspected member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

An eyewitness quoted in the report said the policeman got enraged because the driver stopped the bus in front of the bank.

“We were just in front of here when the policeman started the argument that led to the shooting,” the source, who spoke in confidence said.

He continued: “The argument was unnecessary because the driver was just trying to allow his passengers disembark the bus. I heard the driver telling the policeman that he would soon leave the place. But before we knew what was happening, the policeman cocked his gun and shot at him.

“He was lifeless. The bullet hit two other passengers, who were lying unconscious. It was an ugly sight. But the policeman immediately boarded a commercial tricycle and ran away.

“It is very disheartening. The bus came from Onitsha in Anambra state without problems only for this ugly incident to happen at its destination.”

The source, however, said that angry youths started a riot to protest the killing and in the process destroyed parts of the bank.

It was learnt that the police deployed a patrol van to stop the escalation of the riot.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Asinim Butswat, said the policeman had been arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigation Department of the police.

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