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Protests In Rivers Over Police Killing Of Driver

Posted: Aug 9, 2015 at 5:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia, P/Harcourt

Commercial activities were brought to a halt on Saturday as a peaceful protest by bus drivers over the killing of one of their colleagues, David Legbaraa, aged 37 years old, held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

The killing occurred on Friday, at about 12.20pm at Whimpy Junction, off the ever busy Ikwerre Road, Port Harcourt, when Legbaraa was shot dead by a policeman, Sergt. James Imhalu who was on stop-and-search duty.

The shooting sparked spontaneous protests from drivers and members of the public.

The protest spilled to major highways and caused traffic dislocation and pains to members of the public, disrupting normal business activities in the metropolis.

Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, while reacting to the incident on Saturday, said the deceased was killed “in clearly unacceptable and avoidable circumstance”.

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

“I sympathize and condole with the family of the deceased on the loss of their loved one. I condemn in unmistakable 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”.

Ezike disclosed that he had briefed the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, who ordered that the suspect should be charged to court on conclusion of investigation.