There was confusion in Sagbama Police Station, Sagbama, Bayelsa State, at the weekend, following the killing of a policeman in front of the station by unidentified gunmen operating in the area.
The policeman, a sergeant, whose name could not be determined, was reportedly shot dead at about 8:30pm by the gunmen, who were said to be riding across the station on a gateway motorcycle.
The hoodlums said to be two in number, however, escaped before the policemen at the station could recover from the commotion caused by the incident.
Sources said the fleeing gunmen shot at a group of policemen in front of the station but that the bullet hit the sergeant killing him at the spot.
One of the sources, who spoke in confidence, said the incident created panic and tension in the area and wondered why the colleagues of the deceased policeman could not go after the killer hoodlums.
“We heard gunshots from the direction of the police station. It was not certain what was going on but residents took cover for safety.
“It was late we were told that hoodlums riding on a motorcycle killed a policeman and escaped. How could they escape after killing the policeman in front of a police station?” He said.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Butswat Asinim, confirmed the incident saying the police were looking for the hoodlums.
He said: “The policeman was killed in Sunday at about 8:30pm in front of the Sagabma Police Station by two unknown gunmen on unregistered motorcycle.
“We are working to establish the motive behind the dastardly act because they didn’t stop. We recovered the rifle of the dead policeman. They shot at the policemen and zoomed off but we have swung into action and some people have volunteered useful information”.