By Christian Ogbonna
It was a “Black Christmas” in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital following the inadvertent killing of a police officer by a fellow policeman throughout a gun duel between the police and suspected cultists.
An eyewitness who most well-liked anonymity, informed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that the incident occurred on Christmas day at Obele Area of Ovom in Yenagoa, leaving residents in apprehension.
According to the eyewitness, hassle began when a misunderstanding among the many feasting cultists degenerated to a battle, ensuing to gunshots which ultimately attracted a police patrol workforce to the realm.
The Police Command Spokesman, DSP Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident, mentioned the killing was surprising.
“Yes, the incident was between cultists however because the police went to seek out out what was happening, the cultists began taking pictures and one of many policemen mistakenly shot an officer.
“Though, we’re but to get the complete particulars as a result of a few of our males, who have been on the scene, are speculated to transient us over the matter.
“Nevertheless, the Police are intensifying efforts to make sure a crime-free surroundings for folks in Bayelsa this era of Christmas celebration; we deployed over four,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 mentioned.
The spokesman urged the residents to proceed with their lawful endeavours and help the police by offering well timed and credible info on legal actions.
“I also urge them to continue to enjoy the Christmas celebration and steer clear of every criminal activity,” he mentioned.
NAN recollects that an armed theft suspect had additionally on Dec. 22, killed his fellow robber at a theft operation round Azikoro village, Yenagoa and ultimately turned himself in at Azikoro Police Station.