By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority, TIMARIV, has urged the police to help stop killing of its staff in the state.
Acting Controller of the traffic body, Mr. Confidence Eke, in a petition to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hosea Karma, said two of its staff were allegedly murdered within one week.
He pleaded with police to help save staff of the authority from the senseless attack.
It would be recalled that a staff of TIMARIV was shot dead on the eve of the presidential and National Assembly elections at a check point at Whippy area of Port Harcourt.
Acting Controller of TIMARIV, Mr. Eke, gave the name of the staff who was murdered as John Dimkpa, adding that another one was shot dead at Amadiama area of Port Harcourt while on duty.
He said: ”On Thursday, March 26, at about 3.02p.m, one officer, John Dimkpa, posted to Wimpey/Ikwerre Road checkpoint for traffic duties was shot dead by unknown person(s).
“The case was promptly incidented at the Kala Police Divisional Headquarters.
“Also, on Wednesday, April 1, at the Amadi-Ama Area of the city, one officer, Precious Pepple, was equally killed by unknown persons.
“It is against this background that we write to seek your intervention by causing an indebt investigation into these killings and also ensure ade-quate protection of our officers.
“These measures will go a long way in reposing confidence in our officers in carrying out their duties.
“I am calling on members of the public to see that our officers are protected.
“If the unknown gunmen continue to kill our officers, it would be difficult for TIMARIV officers to come out on the road to carry out their job.
“TIMARIV work is beneficial to the public from the standpoint of the control of traffic.
“All over the world, emergency services workers are usually not attacked during crisis. But we will not shut down our services because of the current situation.
“We believe that the police have the capacity to fish out the perpetrators of this heinous crime and also protect our officers.”