- A policeman reportedly shot two drivers who allegedly refused to offer bribes at the Ibro Motor Park
- The incident was confirmed by the police, who gave a different version of what transpired between the policemen and one of the drivers
- The Police spokesman said it was an accidental charge during a misunderstanding between the driver and one of the policemen inside the motor park
Two drivers have been reportedly shot and injured by a police inspector for allegedly refusing to offer bribes demanded from them.
According to Daily Trust, the incident happened on Tuesday, January 8, at the Ibro Motor Park opposite Lokoja International Market.
Legit.ng gathers that the incident was confirmed by the branch chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) of the motor park, Ibrahim Yakubu.
He said police team at a check point in Zango area on the Lokoja-Okene highway stopped the driver and requested for bribes. Yakubu said the driver told the policemen that he had nothing to give them at that point and thus continued his journey towards Lokoja.
The driver was said to have been chased to the Ibro Motor Park area where he stopped his vehicle and ran to the park to seek refuge.
According to Yakubu, two of the policemen ran after him into the motor park, while the team leader, identified as Inspector Mohammed Usman stayed back inside the driver’s vehicle.
He said on meeting the policeman, they told him they are taking the vehicle to the park and he followed them inside. He said they told him they had settled the matter with two other policemen.
“Upon hearing that, he (Inspector Mohammed Usman) became furious and brought out his gun and first shot on the ground. As he continued his sporadic shooting, a bullet hit one of our drivers, Mohammed Attah on the leg while another driver, Emmanuel was hit on the stomach.
“Following the incident, the other policemen stationed outside drove into the park with their Hilux and quickly rescued the inspector and drove out.
“We then went to B Division Police Station to report the matter and the DPO followed us with the victims to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja and from there we went to the state Police Command to report matter. The CP has ordered that the policemen involved should be detained until the return of victims in the hospital," he said.
Yakubu called on the Kogi state police command to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
The incident was also confirmed by the spokesman of the state police command, William Aya, who said the policemen were on stop-and-search operation. According to him, the policemen stopped the driver but he refused and as a result, they pursued him because they thought he might be carrying incriminating items.
He claimed that there was an accidental charge during misunderstanding between the driver and one of the policemen inside the motor park.
The spokesman, who said the policemen have been detained, stated that appropriate sanction would be taken against them if they are found guilty at the end of the investigation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that there was pandemonium in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, on Sunday, February 18, as a police escort reportedly killed a taxi driver.
According to a source, the policeman shot the taxi driver dead at Rumuokoro roundabout, Obio/Akpor local government area of the state and fled the scene in a company trailer.
It was learnt that in the course of the protest, policemen from the state command arrived to pick the remains with heavy gunfire, causing panic in the area.
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