InBayelsa Police probe death of innocent person in accidental shooting

Following the shooting of an innocent person, the police have launched an investigation into the death.

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The police have reportedly launched an investigation into the shooting of an innocent person by a police officer while receiving a distress call.

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The Deputy Superintendent of Police and Police Spokesman for the Bayelsa Police Command, Mr Asinim Butswat, made the disclosure on Sunday, October 23 while speaking with  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa.

He said that the circumstances surrounding the death of one of the three people shot in error on Saturday, October 22, who died after being rushed to a hospital, was being investigated, NAN reports.

Asinim said that the policeman who fired the shots was immediately identified and arrested.

“On 22 October 2016, at about 1730 hours, policemen from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad responded to a distress call of cult attack at Ekeki village, Yenagoa. The policemen were ambushed by the cultists.

“Consequently, a police sergeant fired a bullet, it ricocheted and injured three persons who were unfortunately not among the cultists.

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“The victims were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa for treatment and one of them later died.

“The serjeant who fired the shot has been detained. The investigation is ongoing,” Buswat said.

May the soul of the deceased rest in peace.

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