An operative attached to the Police Mobile Force, 43 Squadron in Gombe State has allegedly shot dead a father of three near a popular bar in Elekahia, Port Harcourt Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The incident occurred when the deceased identified as Olafuro Peterside went on an outing with his family.
It was gathered that the policeman who was in company of another, both from PMF 43-Squadron, Gombe, was on special duty in Rivers.
Spokesperson for the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko confirmed the incident to PUNCH correspondent on Saturday morning.
She however said from information available to her, the operatives shot into the air following an alarm raised by some residents that armed robbers were operating in the area.
Iringe-Koko further disclosed the two operatives at the scene of the incident had been arrested.
She said the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the command for proper investigation.
“Yes, the command is aware of the incident. From the information at my disposal, the man was with his family.
“There was an incident of robbery in the area, so the policemen shot into the air in response to the alarm raised.
“So I think a stray bullet hit the man. The officers are from the PMF 43-Squadron, Gombe, but attached to special duty in Rivers State”, Iringe-Koko explained.
While decrying the incident, the police image maker disclosed that the defaulting cop and his colleague were being interrogated, even as she appealed for calm.