Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, says the officer who killed a tricycle driver in Rukpokwu, near Port Harcourt on Thursday will be dismissed and charged with murder.
He said that the killer-policeman was on illegal duty.
Speaking on a live television programme in Port Harcourt, Mukan, also said the officer did not have any reason to use his weapon on an innocent citizen.
He said, “You know it (the incident) happened where Keke (tricycle) people are operating. An inspector of police named Christopher Oba was on illegal duty around the Rukpokwu junction. He is not supposed to be there at that time alone.
“So, it is presumed he is on illegal duty. Along the line, he accosted a tricycle rider, there was an altercation between them. At that moment, he is not justified to use his firearms.
“But he used his firearms and shot the tricycle rider.”
The Rivers police boss said the officer, who is currently undergoing an orderly room trial, was apprehended by policemen at the scene of the incident.
“As we are talking now, he is undergoing trial. By tomorrow (Friday), by God’s grace, he will be charged for murder because he doesn’t have any justification to use his firearms at that time,” he said.
On Thursday, there was unrest in Rukpokwu and Rumuodumaya after the killing of the tricycle driver, popularly known as ‘Schoolboy’ by the police officer.