It has been reported that a young man was shot in the leg, allegedly by a policeman, when he joined the driver of a bus he was travelling in, and other passengers, to plead with the policeman who had detained them at a checkpoint in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A video of the incident was shared by a Facebook user, Martina John (Tinasoft) late on Sunday. She revealed that the shooting happened on Friday, at 4:15pm while she was travelling to Port Harcourt.
Martina claims that policemen had stopped the bus she was travelling in at a checkpoint in Rumuoji before Choba, and asked the driver for his driver’s licence, which he provided. However, he was unable to provide the tinted glass permit, claiming that his employer didn’t give him.
At this point, Martina says, one of the policemen at the checkpoint threatened the driver of the bus. That was when the passengers came down to plead with the policeman to let them go.
The policeman shot the young man in the leg, Martina claims. They later took him away in their vehicle without informing other passengers where they were taking their victim.
Martina writes that one of the policemen, John Sambo, with Batch No. 243014, was the one who demanded the driver’s licence.
In the video, a young man in a red checkered shirt is sitting by the roadside, just beside a pool of blood, with one of his legs raised.
Martina John wrote: “Which way Nigeria? I was coming back from Lagos to PH today 14th December 2018 at 4:15 pm Nigerian time. At one of the police checkpoints in Rumoji before Choba; a police officer stopped our bus and asked the Agofure company driver to provide his driver’s license, the driver provided it, he later asked for tinted glass permit, so the driver told him that he was not in possession of it and that the company did not give him that. He told the driver, if he will not provide it,that he’s going to rough handle him.
“We all came down to plead with the policeman, and this passenger you see bleeding in this video was talking with the police and another policeman crossed over to meet us, and joined with Mr John the first policeman to ask for the permit and the boy in this video, told them they should allow our vehicle to go, and the policeman you see in this video shot this boy on the leg, from the van.
“Now, we are trying to help because the boy is bleeding seriously. Pls share this video, and let the world see the kind of people we recruited into our police force. My fear is that the same police took him away, I want Nigerians to follow it up, and ensure this gets to the authority.
“I fear for the future of this country with what my eyes saw today.
“The officer’s name that started this problem, is John Sambo, with the batch no. 243014.”
See the video below: