The Nigerian police have confirmed the unfortunate incident that led to the death of a tricycle operator in Rukpokwu area of Rivers state.
According to eyewitnesses, trouble started on Thursday morning after a policeman around Rukpoku allegedly asked the tricycle operator for N100 bribe which the tricycle operator couldn't provide.
The police was allegedly said to have fired a shot directly at the driver killing him on the spot. Later, images of the tricycle driver in the pool of his own blood surfaced on social media as people gather around to mourn his demise.
The action from the police officer no doubt got a lot of youths from the community angry and soon, most of the youths took to the street to protest the killing. Bonfires were set on the roads while the streets were taken over by the youths.
In a press conference, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers state, Joseph Mukan confirmed the ugly incident and death of the tricycle operator killed by a police officer.
According to Mukan, an Inspector of Police, Christopher Oba was on illegal duty at Rukpokwu junction. According to the CP, it was an illegal duty because he wasn't supposed to be there at that time alone.
He further stated that a disagreement occurred between the officer and a tricycle operator and although, the officer wasn't allowed to use his firearm, he used it and ended up killing the tricycle operator.
The Commissioner of Police in Rivers state however stated that the erring policeman has been arrested and at the moment undergoing trial. The erring policeman will after that be charged to court for murder.
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