A police officer, identified as Mathew Akpos and a middle-aged woman, were, on Tuesday evening, killed by a team of police described as ‘Special Police Squad.’
The police officer and the woman were allegedly killed close to OMPADEC school field area of Amarata in the state capital.
Akpos, who was said to have once worked at Ologbobiri, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, was killed around 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday.
It was learnt that stray bullets from gunshots fired at the scene of the incident hit the middle-aged woman, a trader in the area, on her leg and stomach.
The unnamed woman was reportedly rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, where she died before doctors could attend to her.
The gunmen were described as a “special police squad” from unknown division and their mission, at the time of filing this report, was yet to be ascertained.
“The gunmen dressed like a special police squad. They wore the outfits of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and police bulletproof vests,” a resident, who craved anonymity, alleged.
The eyewitness said the gunmen drove into the community on a black Hilux vehicle and, ostensibly looking for the “area boys” in the area who had been terrorising the residents.
“I was at a supermarket directly opposite the scene of the incident. The way they drove into the community was suspicious and sent panic waves all over the place. The gunshots caused panic in the area as people, even youths, who were playing football, abandoned the game and scampered for safety,” he said.
It was learnt that when the team came to the spot, they saw the late policeman with gun while on mufti, they shot at him, perhaps mistaken him for one of the “bad boys” in the area, while a stray bullet hit the woman.
But another source from the community said the gunmen trailed the victim to the area and wanted to force him into their vehicle.
The source, who did not want to be named, claimed that while Akpos was being dragged into the car, he resisted his assailants and, in the process, pulled out his service pistol from its casing and shot at the gunmen.
“One of the gunmen who was standing close to the Hilux van immediately pulled out his gun and shot the victim who fell and died instantly,” the source said.
The victims were said to have been deposited at the morgue of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Yenagoa, even as others claimed that the police team went away with the late police corpse.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Asinim Butswat, said information at the disposal of the command was still sketchy, adding, however, that the command would solve the mysteries surrounding the incident.