Defence & Security

Two civilians shot as Soldiers, Policemen clash in Bayelsa

By Paul Michael

The Bayelsa State Police Command has said two persons were hit by stray bullets following a clash between men in military uniform and some police officers in Yenagoa.

A statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Asinim Butswat on Tuesday identified the two victims as Ariwei Taralayefa and Omonopeno Oturu, adding that they were treated at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Yenagoa and have been discharged.

The statement further disclosed that the military personnel also brutalized a member of the Bayelsa State Volunteers.

It was gathered that trouble began when the soldiers, who were initially on mufti took offence at being stopped and advised by police officers to turn and take the proper lane while driving against traffic at a roundabout.

The said soldiers have to drive out of the scene just to reappear in military uniform and began to attack vigilante members and police officers.

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The statement read, ”On 27 June 2022, at about 1800hours, Police officers on duty at the Etegwe Roundabout stopped a White Toyota Hilux without Registration number, whose occupants were on mufti, for driving against traffic.

“The driver was advised to return back and follow the proper lane. The men angrily introduced themselves as military personnel and promised to come back and deal with the police officers.

“Surprisingly, the men came back to the roundabout in military camouflage and started beating a member of the vigilante.

“The Police Officers tried to separate them, but the men on military camouflage started shooting indiscriminately and in the process, a stray bullet hit two civilian passersby namely; one Ariweri Taralayefa f’ 29 years old and one Omonopeno Oturu m’ 38 years old. The victims have been treated and discharged from the Hospital.

“The military and Police authorities are investigating the incident for possible identification of the men involved.”

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