The Police Command in Bayelsa said its operatives had shot and wounded a suspected cultist who later died in hospital, in response to a distress call on Christmas eve
The Spokesman of the command, DSP Asinim Butswat, told newsmen in Yenagoa on Wednesday that the incident took place at Obele Area of Ovom in Yenagoa.
“On December 24 2017, at about 2100 hours, Policemen responded to distress call of cult activities at Arieta lane, Yenagoa.
“The team of Policemen responded swiftly and on sighting the Police, the cultists opened fire on the team.
“Efforts have been intensified to arrest his cohorts and bring them to book,” Butswat said.
He said that earlier reports that a policeman was shot and killed in error by a fellow policeman was false and misleading.
“Contrary to media reports that a Policeman mistakenly shot a colleague, the command wants to categorically state that the report was false and misleading.
Butswat said the command had worked tirelessly to ensure crime-free Christmas festivities across the state.
He also said that the command had intensified patrol and surveillance to provide a peaceful atmosphere for residents to enjoy the holidays.
“I also urge them to continue to enjoy the Christmas celebration and steer clear of every criminal activity,” he said.