Port Harcourt – Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) in the South-South zone, has condemned the killing of Mr David Legbara, a 37-year-old commercial bus driver by a police Sergeant.
Mr Chinedu Uchegbu, CLO chairman in the zone, made the condemnation on Thursday in Port Harcourt at a press briefing.
He said the driver was shot dead on Aug. 7 by a mobile police officer at Wimpey Junction, Mile 4, Ikwerre Road.
He said the driver was shot while trying to resist extortion from the officer attached to the Rumueprikom/Kala police station.
Uchegbu said: “we are deeply concerned at the excessive use of force by the officer on the victim; an eyewitness said the matter should not have attracted such degree of violent response by the officer.
“Until his death, the deceased was the only child of his parents and the bread winner of his family from Uegwere-Boue community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“Rivers State Police command has said the officer has been arrested and detained in connection with the killing.
“We call on the Commissioner of Police to ensure that the trigger happy sergeant is brought to book for his dastardly and callous act.
“It is not enough to say that he has been arrested; he should be prosecuted before a court of competent jurisdiction for justice. “[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
The CLO chairman said the Police should also identify and compensate the family of the slain driver.
He called on the police to train and retrain their personnel in all departments such as human rights and use of fire arms in accordance with human right laws.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike, had told newsmen that the Sergeant, who shot the driver, had been dismissed from the force and charged to court for murder. (NAN)