209 views | Kenechukwu Ofomah | November 26, 2020
Bayelsa State Police Command says it has identified and taken into custody the patrol team allegedly responsible for the unprovoked attack on innocent women at the Tombia-Etegwe roundabout, Yenagoa.
The unfortunate incident occurred at the popular Tombia-Etegwe roundabout on 24 November, 2020, when the patrol team was stuck in a traffic gridlock and one of the Police officers in a bid to clear the gridlock accidentally fired a shot and the bullet injured three women.
The victims, Alice Azaghene aged 17 years, Mrs Ebinipiri Onojamadu aged 46 years, and Madufuro Blessing aged 32 years, were taken to a Hospital in Yenagoa, where they are responding to treatment.
Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli in a statement on Thursday, while condemning the shooting, called for calm from the citizens.
He assured that the case will be thoroughly investigated and all indicted persons brought to justice.
“We appeal for calm from the public. We have identified the team and taken them into custody and will ensure that justice is done,” CP Okoli assured.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports from Glory Hospital, Yenagoa where the victims were taken, have it that the 17-year old Alice Azaghene injured in the shooting mat not be able to work again without a major surgery.
A close friend of her family who spoke with TNC correspondent on the situation on the condition of anonymity said Alice was sent to the market to trade periwinkle when she met the unfortunate incident.
The source, however, said the Police when it said only one shot was fired.
“They shot sporadically and in the process, the victims were injured. How could one bullet injure 3 persons that way. We thought the ENDSARS episode would have instilled some sense in these police officers but no. they are irredeemable,” he lamented.