Four Policemen Arraigned In Court Over Murder Of Two Bus Passengers

By Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Four police officers of Abacha Road Police Station, Rumueme in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State have appeared before the State High Court Port Harcourt following alleged killing of two passengers a commercial bus and brutalizing others while engaging the driver in a scuffle for N50.

The suspects, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Omorogbe, Inspector Emmason Udo, Hadiza Musa and Samirah Ileya were arraigned yesterday before Hon. Justice Georgewill of the State High Court.

It was gathered that the suspects were arrested in 2010 after the then Rivers State commissioner of Police insisted on justice for killing the innocent citizen for just N50.

In a suit No PHC/858/2010, the applicant Ifeanyi Echemazu whose mother in-law was shot on the leg, said he personally took the matter to court to find justice for his mother in-law and the two passengers that were shot dead.

Narrating before the court through his counsel Barrister Chidi Ekah, he told the court that his mother in-law was shot when the driver of the bus escaped without paying N50 to the suspects.

“All I want is justice over this matter, the suspects thought nobody was alive to testify against this matter, but thank God Mrs. Christiana Aliko who the suspect bullet hit in the leg is here to testify that those who boarded the vehicle were passengers and not robbers as the suspect claim.

“The driver of the commercial bus is also alive, just because the driver refused to give the illegal N50 that angered the suspects to open fire on them, killing two and injuring many”, she said.

The case however, was adjourned to 23th of April 2013 to enable the applicant and defence counsels get more witnesses on the matter.