A taxi driver was shot dead by a trigger-happy prison warder in the suburb of Port Harcourt today.
Four other persons were also hit, including a pastor.
The shooting happened at Woji, with the warder claiming that the fatal shot, was ‘an accidental discharge’.
Witnesses said the driver conveying some prison officials drove recklessly against the traffic on Woji Road in Obio-Akpor local Government area. Not minding the rights of the law compliant drivers on the road, the driver of the errant prison vehicle ordered a taxi driver to give way for his vehicle.
“As the taxi tried to reverse to pave way for the reckless prison warders, one of the armed Prison warders came down from the vehicle. With his hand still on the trigger, perhaps forgetting that he had already cocked the gun, he pointed the nozzle at the driver. All we heard were gunshots. The Driver died on the spot. Two others were seriously injured. They may not survive.”
Angela Agabe, the Spokesperson of the Rivers State Police Command confirmed the incident but said that only the Driver, one Ebere Emmanuel, died, while Nathaniel Ibinabo, a Pastor who sustained bullet wounds has been admitted in the hospital.
She further said that a Police man on patrol who was attracted to the scene disarmed the Warder. He was immediately arrested and taken to the state Criminal Investigation Department, CID, of the Rivers State Police Command.
Agabe said that on interrogation, the Prison Warder claimed that as he ordered the Taxi driver to get out of the way, he refused and pointing the nozzle at the Driver, he forgot that his fingers were on the trigger and it fired at the driver and passengers by “accidental discharge”.
In Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, uniformed men are the worst traffic violators, as they often drive against traffic and are also fond of manhandling motorists with impunity.