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Policeman accidentally shoots female colleague in Delta

Valentine Chinyem

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A policeman has mistakenly shot and killed his colleague during a protest by traders Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Traders were said to he protesting in Bonsaac area, Asaba, against a chairman of petty traders in the area, when policemen attached to the Delta State Police Command’s Area ‘B’ Division, were drafted to the area to to quell the protest.

An eye witnesses who gave account on what transpired, said, one of the officers went berserk before opening fire to scare the prostesters away, only for the bullet to his his female colleague who died immediately.

Following the unfortunate death of the female cop, many of the protesring traders were arrested.

The suspected killer cop was also said to be cooling his heels at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeyinka Adeleke, who confirmed the death of his officer to Daily Sun on Monday morning, simply said the “case was under investigation with SCID.”

Meanwhile, the initial protest was as a result of a face-off between a self imposed chairman of landlords in the Bonsaac area and petty market women, whom the former reportedly sought to forcibly eject from their rented plot of land.

A source in the area alleged that the said self styled chairman of landlords, one Mr. Bidi, “has been molesting market women for a very long time and wanted to forcefully drive them from a plot of land they rented and set up caravans where they paid the owner of the land about N2,000 per month as rent for each container.

“He brought a bulldozer and connived with the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of ‘B’ Division, who deployed four armed police officers to the premises of the plot to supervise the pulling down of the hapless women’s caravans.

“Having pulled down the source of their daily bread, which was neither obstructing vehicles nor water flow, the women demanded that the caravan at the landlord’s premises be pulled down too because he had informed them that the demolition was authorised by the Delta State Ministry of Environment.”

The source further told Daily Sun that as a result of the persistence of the women “the police officers who were working on a directive tried to use firearms to scare them away, but the bullet went off and hit his fellow police officer who died afterwards.”