By Taiwo Ojoye
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
A young man, who was identified as a labourer, was Wednesday evening killed by a group of policemen, who chased and shot him in the head at close range.
Sources within Peace Avenue, off Iwofe Road in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Rivers State, said the deceased was chased by the police from a place known as Calabar Quarters where Indian hemp was sold to willing buyers.
It was also gathered that the trigger-happy policemen had recovered an unidentified sum of money and some wraps of weeds (Indian hemp) from the deceased after he was shot.
One of the residents of the area, who identified himself as Jones, told our correspondent that they were jolted by the sound of a gunshot and the cry of a woman from Akwa Ibom State.
It was learnt that the woman, who raised an alarm in her language drew people’s attention that a person had been killed.
An eyewitness, who identified himself as Ikechi, told Southern City News that both the policemen and the man that was killed were always patronising an Indian hemp seller, who came into Calabar Quarters several years ago.
“The man that sells Indian hemp is living within this place, not far from here; he is a Rastafarian. The policemen that killed the man once served in this area. They also smoke Indian hemp when they come once in a while.
“Apart from that, they also get something (money) from him; it is either they (policemen) park their vehicle this side or the other side (pointing at two sides of the road). When the buyers see them, they are always on the run.
“Any person that is caught has to bail himself immediately. It was when they saw this one (deceased) that he began to run. They (policemen) have served in Rumukpakani (Police Station) before. They said the man that was killed was into block moulding. This is jungle justice.
“The man was not living around this area and that was why he could not escape; how can anybody think that he can escape through this place? The other ones knew how to escape and jumped into the bush,” Ikechi said.
On why residents kept mute over the development, Ikechi explained that though the people had complained on several occasions, the police did not …read more
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