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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Police reacts to the shooting of a bus driver in Rivers state by a police man

There was pandemonium at Whimpy Junction, Ikwerre Road, Port Harcourt,  Rivers state yesterday afternoon following the shooting of a bus driver, James Imhalu, by a Police officer. The police officer and his team were trying to ensure free flow of traffic in the area when the incident happened.

Residents in the area as well as some transporters protested his killing, resulting in burn fires and blocking of some major roads. The state police commissioner, Chris Ezike, has released a statement saying that the shooting was avoidable and unacceptable. The indicted police officer has been arrested and disarmed and further investigation into the matter is ongoing. The statement after the cut



On 7th of August 2015 at about 12.20hrs at Whimpy Junction, Ikwerre Road, Port Harcourt a Policeman on Stop and Search duty shot and killed one James Imhalu ‘m’ 37 years of age who was a bus driver in clearly unacceptable and avoidable circumstance.

2. This action sparked off spontaneous protest from drivers, sympathizers and indeed members of the public who rightly saw the action of the Policeman as unjustifiable. The protest spilled to major highways and caused traffic dislocation and pains to members of the public.

3. The Policeman was promptly disarmed, arrested and detained while I ordered full scale investigation into the circumstances and ramifications of this painful incident.

4. I sympathize and condole with the family of the deceased in the loss of their loved one. I condemn in unmistakeable terms the action of the Policeman as preliminary facts revealed his action was clearly avoidable. However, I shall await the outcome of full investigation as already ordered before any conclusive action is taken. The Inspector-General of Police is fully briefed but is saddened by the action of the personnel and has ordered that he be charged to court on conclusion of investigation.

5. The protests yesterday and today appear to have been hijacked by hoodlums and cultists as entreaties for peace fell on deaf ears. Two wrongs cannot make a right. I therefore appeal to the deceased family, the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Drivers Union, and indeed parents and guardians to calm frayed nerves and allow peace to reign. We shall ensure that justice is done to this matter.

6. We shall also continue to monitor this situation and emplace adequate security to ensure a safe, secure and better Port Harcourt City, please.

CP. CHRIS O. EZIKE
COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
RIVERS STATE COMMAND
PORT HARCOURT

30 Comments:

  • At 8 August 2015 at 23:00 , Blogger Bonita Bislam said...

    Hmm and the victims family remain cheated for life.Like disarming & detaining the stupid police officer will bring back the dead.
    This country is good @ corrective measures.How about preventive measures?

     
  • At 8 August 2015 at 23:02 , Blogger APPLELIPX said...

    And when did this happen again????
    After talking bribe, they drink and misfire at will

     
  • At 8 August 2015 at 23:03 , Blogger Richmond Ichemati said...

    It's been crazy today in ph. Transportation was something else today cos all d bus drivers went on protest for d killing of their colleague. Bus weren't running as of 6pm 2day! I hope that useless police thief will be jailed for life!

     
  • At 8 August 2015 at 23:03 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Train them not to shoot unarmed civilians but arm robbers.....we ate tired if the numerous statement u ppl keep releasing, I don't see how this statement is going to bring him back to live (that's of he is dead)......police seem to be the same everywhere in the world........ Henry Eze

     
  • At 8 August 2015 at 23:05 , Blogger igwe Adaobi said...

    Thank God he has been arrested, the way policemen kill people this days is alarming.

     
  • At 8 August 2015 at 23:07 , Blogger Richmond Ichemati said...

    The bus driver refused to give the police man their offering of #100. That's why he was shot




    It's cold it's cold all is cold

     
  • At 8 August 2015 at 23:08 , Anonymous Gag247.com said...

    Nawa oh.

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  • At 8 August 2015 at 23:13 , Blogger christie benjamin said...

    Nice move...nobody is above d law.

     
  • At 8 August 2015 at 23:16 , Blogger freeborn zina said...

    Exatly what happen in abia state,nigeria police is a disgrace.









    #sad indeed

     
  • At 8 August 2015 at 23:18 , Blogger Alloy Chikezie said...

    Sometimes I wonder if some of these law enforcement agents are really trained.

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  • At 9 August 2015 at 00:14 , Blogger Sunday Obi said...

    Na we dey here!!!

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 00:39 , Blogger blackbeauty said...

    Nigerian police killing innocent civilians since 1900 bcoz of N20.....God please protect us from trigger happy policemen...Chai! May the soul of the poor man rest in peace..

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 00:45 , Blogger RareSpecie Z said...

    Dirty Cops.
    They will soon release the fool n post him to another clime to continue his Retarded behaviour.

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 01:53 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Too Bad

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 02:21 , Blogger Uvie E said...

    All this trigger happy Police Men .... eternal rest to d Driver

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 02:50 , Blogger angela akadakpo said...

    Sweetie ur my numba 1 crush for ds week tel dem o chia.

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 04:50 , Blogger Debbie Adebayo said...

    For once a police Commissioner has spoken reasonably and articulately...

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 06:37 , Blogger ary said...

    Our forces are just to trigger happy

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 07:10 , Blogger Kodak Emerson said...

    At least the oga-at-the-top is not trying to protect his boy (something that is common in the Police Force). I hope justice is done.

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 07:11 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    He was shot cuz he didn't give the police guy #100. ##fact. It wasn't a stop and search issue.

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 07:50 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    What prompt the drunkard to even come to road and start collecting money from husslers. He should retire and be a bus driver.
    Shame to NPF

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 08:09 , Blogger Iwu Vivian said...

    No be small matter o, dats d area I live, thank God gov Wike dat came to calm d situation cos d shooting no be here, we were all indoors. Was so scared yesterday. prostesters

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 08:11 , Blogger willis daniels said...

    Senate shud ban policemen from using gun in Nigeria!! Some countries which crime re high yet their police uses teargas,pepper spray and teaser gun!!!

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 08:18 , Anonymous KingDave said...

    The police is just trying to cover this up. The bus driver was shot all because he told the police officer that he was just resuming work for the day and he didn't have 100 go give him for loading his vehicle at the junction. The police will do everything to cover up the rubbish they are doing in the state. There is no busy bus stop you will go to that you wont see a police officer collecting money from drivers or sending touts to collect money. Rubbish people.

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 10:04 , Anonymous Mike Cossy said...

    The police officer should be killed in public 2

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 10:09 , Anonymous crazy HORNY wife said...

    The best way to deal with this silly policeofficers is to hang them to dead once they kill an innocent victim. That's the only way the rest of the force will learn a lesson. Enough of dis disarming bullshit!

     
  • At 9 August 2015 at 10:40 , Blogger Addy Amebo said...

    i think the government of nigeria should find solution to police matter of shooting innocent justany how

     
  • At 10 August 2015 at 09:12 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Shooting at innocent people is everyday news and it will not stop check every shooting in the history of Nigeria police misfiring all is Hausa/Fulani and Yoruba that always misfire to Easterners check it out, this is to tell you that we are not one and this rubbish will stop if only we can support and get our own BIAFRA that's all

     
  • At 10 August 2015 at 10:21 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    THE IDIOTS THAT WE PAY THEIR SALARY EVERY MONTH, ALSO COLLECTING MONEY ON DAILY BASIS GET DRUNK WITH IT $ KILL US WITH IT. CHAI THERE IS GODOOOOOOOOO

     
  • At 11 August 2015 at 03:12 , Anonymous buruls ernest said...

    Linda, I appreciate your decision to keeping the masses informed with immediacy. But on the one hand, I think there is a conspicuous misrepresentation of fact in the above reportage where the accused, Mr Imhalu, is represented as the victim, Mr David Legbara. With all due respect, I, out of my idiosyncratic view, consider it more beneficial to pay more attention to the ingredients that form the totality of facts in any report to avoid what I term as " Agent/patient obfuscation"

     

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