Tragedy struck in Yenagoa on Sunday evening when an Inspector with the Nigeria Prisons Service, Mr Erezidor Ugo was allegedly killed by a policeman during a scuffle.
The incident, according to an eyewitness, occurred opposite Wisdom Estate, along Nikton Road in the Kpansia suburb of Yenagoa, Bayelsa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the deceased, was shot in his house while entertaining two of his colleagues, who came to felicitate with him for buying a new car.
A Police patrol team, led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ekeki Division, Mr Nemi Iwoh, was said to have arrived the place in response to a distress call from the area, which reported gunshots being fired in the vicinity.
The police team was said to have noticed one of the Prison Warders carrying a gun and tried to disarm him, but he allegedly refused to hand over the gun and in the ensuing scuffle it went off and killed Ugo.
However, wife of the deceased, Mrs. Binafegha Ugo claimed that her husband was shot dead by the police in her presence and that of her six-year-old daughter.
Ugo, who was said to have been shot in the abdomen, was immediately rushed to the Glory Land Hospital, Ovom, where he died.
When NAN visited the hospital, the body of the deceased was found covered on a hospital bed with his relations and friends wailing.
The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Eguavoen Emokpai confirmed the incident, saying all parties involved in the incident, including the DPO and a Prison Warder had been arrested.
NAN reports that the family of the deceased had at about 7 pm retrieved the corpse from the hospital and placed it at the entrance of the Police Command Headquarters, demanding for “justice”
Security had been beefed up in and around the police headquarters to avert any break down of law and order. (NAN)