A policewoman attached to the Rivers State Task Force team on Thursday was killed by her colleague while trying to enforce the movement restriction put in place by the state government to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the city.
The woman, Lovender Elekwachi, a sergeant who was serving at Eneka Division and was posted to the Eneka roundabout on traffic duties was shot by a certain Sergeant Bitrus Osaiah.
Rivers Police Command in a statement noted that Osaiah who was attached to the Operations Department of the Command has been disarmed and arrested.
Sources say the policewoman must have died as a result of accidental discharge from her armed colleague.
The tragedy occurred when the task force operatives were trying to disperse traders in the market in Eneka.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, confirmed the incident to journalists, saying that there was no justification for the suspect to shoot at that time.
Also the Hilux vehicle belonging to the Task Force has been impounded and the corpse of the female sergeant has been deposited in the mortuary.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan, has ordered investigations into the matter with a view to unraveling the circumstances that led to her death.
He appealed for calm, pending the outcome of the investigation, promising that the interest of justice must be served in the circumstance.
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