A taxi-driver was killed yesterday by a police officer around the Rumuokoro axis of Port Harcourt, River State.
The taxi-driver was killed by a mobile policeman, an attached escort to a yet to be identified firm conveying frozen foods.
The area was thrown into pandemonium following a heavy gun shooting by police personnel who tried to scare away crowd as youths were protesting the death of the taxi-driver.
An eyewitness who owns a shop at the Rumuokoro Junction said that he was going about his business attending to customers when the incident happened: he disclosed that the policeman jumped into the vehicle and the driver of the truck sped off after the policeman willfully killed his victim.
The eyewitness said: “I was selling water to some people when the driver finished loading his taxi. He was trying to enter the road but someone was blocking him in the front, so the trailer driver that is carrying the MOPOL waited at the back and flared horn.
“Later the MOPOL man came down from the trailer and went to the taxi driver and shot him on the neck. He ran back and entered the trailer and they drove past. Because of fear people at that place ran and nobody chased the vehicle but it is carrying fish.”
The body of the victim simply identified as Mr. Bright, a native of Ngwa in Abia State was later taken to an unknown destination by fully armed policemen who invaded the scene of the incident.
Meanwhile, some youths from the Igbo extraction who identified the victim as their brother blocked the popular East-West road where the incident occurred in protest, halting vehicle movement.
One of the youths, who gave his name simply as Ifeanyi, said: “We are not happy that our brother Bright will be killed on the road where he came to look for daily bread without committing a crime.
“The policeman just came down from the vehicle killed him and left without any offence. This shows how the people who are meant to be protecting us now have turned to our killers. We want the Inspector General of Police to look into this matter and give us justice. We are calling on the Commissioner of Police to fish out this officer and prosecute him.”