Policewoman shot dead for preventing Taskforce from destroying traders’ wares in Rivers

Policewoman shot dead for preventing Taskforce from destroying traders’ wares in Rivers


Tragedy struck when a security operative attached the Tasforce against Congestion on Covid-19 allegedly shot and killed a female police Sergeant identified as Lovender Elekwachi at Eneka Market on Thursday in Obio-Akpo Local Government Area of Rivers State.


The unarmed Cop, according reports was hit by a stray bullet fired by another police Sergeant, Bitrus Osaiah, acting on the behest of the Taskforce to disperse a motley of crowd during arrest of traders accused of violating Covid-19 lockdown that was set up by the State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike.

Bystanders at the scene said the Traffic police woman was appealing to her colleagues attached to the Task Force Against Congestion from destroying wares of defiant traders when she was shot by the policeman.

According to a twitter user who happened to be an eyewitness, @fufilledson, the policewoman is still breastfeeding and had left her Child to control traffic – when tragedy occurred.

“The female police officer who controls traffic at the market was shot down by a policeman. The female policewoman was begging on behalf of a shoe trader who was arrested by the policeman from the taskforce team”.

The policeman threatened to shoot the trader if he doesn’t stop resisting arrest. As he pointed the gun the trader dodged the bullet only for it to catch the female policewoman on her head.

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“She left a 2-year-old child she just finished breastfeeding 30 minutes before she died. She normally leaves the child with her nanny at a shop at the Eneka first market junction”, the tweet read.

Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Rivers State Command, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, said on Thursday that Elekwachi who hails from Ozuzu, Etche LGA of the state was shot on traffic duty by fellow Sergeant Bitrus Osaiah attached to the Operations Department of the Command.

Omoni said, “Sergeant Osaiah, said to be attached to the Rivers Task Force on Decongestion, has been arrested, disarmed and undergoing Orderly Room Trial.

“Two other members of the Task Force have also been arrested and being questioned. The Hilux vehicle belonging to the Task Force has been impounded, the corpse of the Woman Sergeant deposited in the mortuary.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan, has ordered an investigation into the matter with a view to unravelling the circumstances that led to her death.

“The CP appeals for calm, pending the outcome of the investigation, promising that justice must be served in the circumstance”.

Government sources said that the State Governor, Mr Nysom Wike, expressed displeasure over incident and called for an investigation into the incident.

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TheNewspad reports that W/Sgt Lovender Elekwachi until her untimely death was serving at Eneka Division and was posted to the Eneka Roundabout on traffic duties.


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