A FEMALE police officer attached to the Delta State Police Command has been shot dead by a colleague over the weekend in Asaba, the state capital.
It was learnt that the deceased officer was part of a four-man team deployed to quell a protest by women in the Bonsaac area.
An eyewitness said the incident occurred after a face-off between the chairman of landlords in the area and petty traders whom the former sought to displace from their rented plot of land.
The source said, “The chairman of landlords in Bonsaac, Mr. Bidi, has been molesting market women for a very long time and wanted to forcefully evict them from a plot of land they rented, where they had set up caravans and paid the owner of the land about N2000 per month as rent for each container space”
Continuing, “The landlord on Friday, September 26, 2019, brought a bulldozer and connived with the Divisional Police Officer, (DPO) in-charge of “B” Division Asaba, who deployed about 4 police officers to the premises to supervise the pulling down of the caravans belonging to the hapless women.”
“Having pulled down the source of their daily bread, which was neither obstructing vehicular nor water flow, the women demanded that the caravan at the landlord’s premises be pulled down too because he had earlier informed them that the demolition was authorized by the Delta State Ministry of Environment.”
The source said the petty traders insisted on a thorough demolition including the caravans in the chairman’s premises, but the police team tried to scare the women by shooting sporadically but a shot hit a police officer who died afterward from the bullet wounds.