A commercial bus driver was shot dead yester-day around Whimpy junction, Obio Akpor LGA by a Policeman. Vanguard also gathered that one other person was hit by stray bullet. Eye witnesses told Vanguard that the Policeman ordered the driver to park and the next thing they heard was a gunshot.
The incident triggered a protest as youths in the area immediately besieged the Kala Police station. The protest caused a major traffic gridlock as motorists were stranded for several hours.
At press time more Police men had been deployed to the area. And they were firing canisters of tear gas to clear the road for movement of traffic. According to eye witnesses, the bus driver who was shot by the Policeman was rushed to the hospital. They said he died on the way.
A text message to the state Police Public relations officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad by Vanguard for comment on the issue was not responded to at the time of this report.
It will be recalled that the state government got the Police to set up a traffic management team for Port Harcourt after dissolution of the Rivers state Traffic Management body established by the outgone government.