Riot in Port Harcourt after soldier killed bus driver

Riot in Port Harcourt after soldier killed bus driver

Sunday, November 8, 2015 9:57 pm

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

File: protesters in Port Harcourt

File: protesters in Port Harcourt

Port Harcourt commercial bus drivers and touts erupted in protest today after a yet to be identified soldier  shot   dead a  bus driver  who was driving against the run of traffic.

The fatal shooting of the driver by  the  soldier from Port Harcourt Barracks of the Nigeria Army happened around the ever busy Rumuokoro round-about in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

It was gathered the deceased bus driver, identified as  Michael Nweye,  was trying  to beat traffic gridlock when he was ordered to stop by soldiers at the Rumuokoro axis of Bori Camp gate of the Army barracks.

Angered  by the behaviour of the   driver said to be in his 20s,a soldier allegedly opened fire  and killed him at a pointblank range. The deceased  hailed  from Egbeda community in Emohua Local Government area of Rivers State.

The incident caused instant rage among taxi and commercial bus drivers who went on rampage.

Pedestrians and motorists scampered for safety, while residents of  Rumuodamaya,Rumuokoro,Eligbolo and Rukpowu who were  returning  home from church  were caught in the confusion as they  tried to  escape the  riot.

Sympathetic bus conductors  erected  barricades and smashed the windscreens of innocent motorists.

A relation of Nweye, Chinedu Okedi  vowed the alleged trigger-happy soldier would not go unpunished

Okedi explained: “He was taking one way as usual, as they used to do in that Rumuokoro. So, the soldier man chased him and blocked him. He asked him to come down from the vehicle but the boy refused.

“And meanwhile, he was carrying passengers before the soldier shot him. So, that was what happened.  The elder brother to the boy has said that the family will make a case”.

Nweye’s  body has since been deposited in the mortuary.

The state Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko,  said investigation was ongoing  to ascertain the identity of the culprit.

A similar incident occurred on Friday August 7 at Whimpy Junction, along  Ikwerre Road when a policeman on stop-and-search duty from the Kala Police Station, Rumueprikom shot and killed a bus driver, David Legbara, over N100 bribe.

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  • TamunoTekena Alfred Semenitari says:

    Obedience is better than sacrifice, if the driver did what was right he wouldn’t have been stopped. Maybe he carried contraband in his car. The law in Nigerian road users guide states it clearly “do not drive on the wrong line against traffic, his not above nigeria or its laws. He got served

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