CCTV exposes how police kill painter by roadside in Rivers state

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CCTV exposes how police kill painter by roadside in Rivers state

A painter, Mr. Ese Akpan, told his family Tuesday that he was going to get the money owed to him by a construction company.

However, he did not reach his destination because he was killed by a stray bullet from a police team escorting a van to a bank.

According to a closed-circuit television camera, which captured the scene, Ese was shot exactly 1.45pm on the road to old Aba, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt, rivers state.

PUNCH Metro, who got images of the incident, observed that Camera 4 captured Ese as he walked along the road while the police van arrived behind.

The second side, captured by Camera 1, showed a woman with a baby standing at the bus stop as Ese approached.

There was a sudden shot that hit the 60-year-old, while the scared woman fled the view.

Watch the video below and see how it happened;

About two minutes afterwards, some sympathisers, including workers of First Rivers Hospital Limited, a private facility in front of which the incident occurred, rushed to help the victim.

An official at the hospital, who did not want to be identified, said a few minutes after the victim was taken to the hospital, a man came in to check on him.

He said, “The man said the escort team was coming from an eatery at Rumukoro where the operatives had gone to pick some money. He said they were heading towards a bank in the area and he was driving behind the van when they fired the shot. He said they usually did that when they approached where they were taking money to. Unfortunately, the man was hit by the bullet. He told us to save his life.”

A senior official at the hospital, who spoke for the management, said efforts by the hospital to save Ese were abortive.

“Our doctors, nurses and matrons were all involved in the battle to save his life. He lost a lot of blood. The bullet destroyed his internal organs. We took him to the theatre, and our workers even donated three pints of blood to save him, but he died. He was able to give us his name and address before passing on,” she added.

She noted that the hospital reported the matter to a police station in the area.

The widow of the victim, Mrs. Christiana Akpan, said when she attempted to report the case at the Area Command, Moscow Road, she was chased out of the command.

She added that when she went to the governor’s office, she was not given any audience.
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