Policeman Kills Fellow Officer In Bayelsa

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Illustration: A picture of a dead policeman
It was a “Black Christmas” in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa
State capital following the inadvertent killing of a police officer by a fellow
policeman during a gun duel between the police and suspected cultists.
The incident occurred on Christmas day
at Obele Area of Ovom in Yenagoa, leaving residents in apprehension.
Trouble started when a
misunderstanding among the feasting cultists degenerated to a fight, resulting
to gunshots which eventually attracted a police patrol team to the area.
The Police Command Spokesman, DSP Asinim Butswat, who
confirmed the incident, said the killing was shocking.
“Yes, the incident was between cultists but as the
police went to find out what was going on, the cultists started shooting and
one of the policemen mistakenly shot an officer.
“Though, we are yet to get the full details because
some of our men, who were at the scene, are supposed to brief us over the
matter.
“Nevertheless, the Police are intensifying efforts to
ensure a crime-free environment for people in Bayelsa this period of Christmas
celebration; we deployed over 4,000 personnel for patrol.
“We adopted some strategies like ‘Cordon and Search’;
I must tell you, our men and women are fully on operations to safeguard lives
and property,” Butswat said.
The spokesman urged the residents to continue with
their lawful endeavours and support the police by providing timely and credible
information on criminal activities.
“I also urge them to continue to enjoy the Christmas
celebration and steer clear of every criminal activity,” he said. (NAN)
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