Policeman shoots female officer to death in Rivers state

Policeman shoots female officer to death in Rivers state

- A female police sergeant at the Eneka Police Division in Port Harcourt has been shot dead by a fellow officer

- Nnamdi Omoni, the spokesperson for the Rivers state police command identified the victim as Lovender Elekwachi

- The police spokesperson disclosed the female police officer was shot while on traffic duty at the Eneka roundabout

A female police sergeant at the Eneka Police Division, in Port Harcourt, was shot dead by another officer in Rivers state on Wednesday, April 22.

The spokesperson for the River state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, identified the victim as Lovender Elekwachi, Premium Times reports.

The police spokesperson disclosed that the female police officer was shot while on traffic duty at the Eneka roundabout.

He said Elekwachi was shot by Bitrus Osaiah, a sergeant attached to Rivers state task force on decongestion.

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The spokesperson said the shooter and two other members of the task force have been arrested by the police.

He stated that the commissioner of police, Joseph Mukan, has ordered an investigation into the matter.

The police did not give details of what led to the shooting.

In another news report, Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi has asked local government officials to flog residents of the state who appear in public without wearing a face mask.

The governor gave the order at a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, April 22 in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Governor Umahi said it is important for residents to use face masks to halt the spread of COVID-19 in Ebonyi, even as the state has not recorded any confirmed case of the virus.

Meanwhile, a consortium of anti-corruption organisations has called on federal and state governments to immediately publish the names of all beneficiaries of government palliatives to ensure transparency in the exercise.

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The organisations under the Upright For Nigeria, Stand Against Corruption campaign also demanded inclusion of citizens and members of the civil society in the federal and state government task force committees on the implementation of the palliative programmes.

The consortium includes ActionAid Nigeria, Centre for Democracy and Development and the Centre for Communication and Social Impact.

In a statement issued in Abuja and signed by Ene Obi, country director of ActionAid Nigeria, the consortium lead organisation, the group called for more action towards reaching Nigerians who have been hit by the COVID-19 lockdown.

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