IGP Mohammed Abubakar
By Segun James
A policeman and a pregnant woman were killed Wednesday, during an exchange of gunfire between policemen and some armed robbers in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The policeman, who is attached to the new security outfit in the state, Operation Doo Akpo, was said to have fallen from the tail-board of the police pick-up van that was in hot pursuit of the vehicle that was used by the robbers. He died instantly as he was said to have hit his head on the ground after falling.
The pregnant woman, on her part, was said to be a passenger in the car, when she was allegedly felled by police bullets, which the police confirmed.
THISDAY also gathered that the woman, her husband, her sister and a driver had gone to collect some undisclosed sums of money from a bank when some men in a bus started trailing them.
Sensing that they may indeed be armed robbers, the occupants of the car started shouting “armed robbers, armed robbers” to alert the public even as they were racing away from the pursuing bus which was unrelenting.
Members of the public were said to have alerted the Doo Akpo team nearby, who thereafter, pursued the two vehicles.
It was at that moment that things went awry as the police cited the two vehicles, they opened fire on the car, which had stopped instead of the bus which escaped, killing the woman.
The policeman was said to have died immediately after fallen off from their vehicle, which stopped immediately.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Dennis Odunna, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the husband of the woman, the sister and their driver were at the police command helping in the investigation of the case as at 5.30pm Wednesday when THISDAY visited the command.
He said the incident happened at about 2.30pm.
Odunna said he had not been able to establish if the woman was felled by a police bullet or that of the robbers, who had escaped.
“The Commissioner of Police has ordered full investigation to the incident,” he assured, even as he admitted that the car in which the woman was killed had been impounded by the police.