According to one Emmanuel Onwuka, who shared the photo on his twitter page, the ugly incident occurred along Mile 3/Choba area of Port Harcourt as drivers plying the route were protesting the assault of one of their colleagues by the Rivers state task force on street trading and illegal motor parks.
But it all turned violent as a driver was allegedly shot by a police officer attached to the task force.
Emmanuel wrote on his twitter page saying;
Protest by drivers plying mile 3/Choba route just turned violent as a driver was allegedly shot by a policeman attached to Rivers state task force on street trading and illegal motor parks. The drivers were protesting the assault of one of their colleagues by the task force.
The driver shot, was in a critical condition and in need of medical attention, but none was rendered due as police officers in Choba area command refused to give a medical report in order for the driver to get treatment from a hospital.
Emmanuel revealed that he tried to contact the DPO of Choba Station to find out the reason for his refusal to issue a police report to aid the driver’s treatment, and the DPO responded saying that the area the incident occurred was not his Jurisdiction.
Fellow drivers who brought the wounded man said they had visited Choba police station but were refused a medical report to allow them take the driver to the hospital. I called the DPO, and he said he refused because the area where the incident took place was not his jurisdiction.
In order to save the drivers life, Emmanuel quickly asked the other drivers on the scene to seek for the police report from another police station in Ozouba area, in which they got luck as the DPO of Ozouba police station granted them a police statement.
I just sent the drivers to Ozouba Police station to get the police statement. It’s life first for me. I’m still calling contacts to ensure I get to the Ozouba DPO to ensure the life of that young man is saved.
As at the time this story was posted the young driver was undergoing treatment and hopefully will get better.
Police statement granted. Driver undergoing treatment.
We commend the efforts made by Emmanuel Onwuka for putting his life and safety on the line in order to save a life.