Stick wielding Young men protesting half naked under the heavy down pour in port Harcourt. Have insisted that justice must be done to end the unwarranted attack’s on taxi/ Bus drivers doing a legitimate business to feed their families.
Some of the protesting youths Who claimed that they are commercial Taxis and Bus operators said the death of their colleague was one too many.
The protesting Youth who seems not to have a leader, told correspondent Anita Ogona that an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the Rivers State Task Force, reportedly shot and killed a commercial bus driver yesterday in Port Harcourt.
One of the Drivers who identified himself as Baridum Peters said the deceased had come out from a mechanic workshop where his vehicle had undergone maintenance, and parked along the road to check some faults, while he was still checking the faults The taskforce members blocked him at Omega, that he didn’t pack well but the driver argued with them and drove off and they followed him and blocked him at NTA road and while the argument continued the civil defense man just shot him and when they noticed he had died they fled the scene.
Some of the commercial drivers also alleged that when police arrived the scene they started shooting into the air in order to disperse protesting drivers and open up the road. before they were forced to take the remains of the victim to deposit at the mortuary.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command, has confirmed the killing of a bus driver identified as “Biggie” by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, attached to the Rivers State Taskforce on Street Trading and Illegal Motor Park.
Police public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni in a Statement said the command is investigating the incident to unravel what transpired between the deceased and the suspect. He explained that it was a case of accidental discharge. He noted that mobile Police Officers have been sent to the area to restore sanity.
Efforts to get the taskforce officers and NSCDC in the state to comment on the incident proved abortive.