Last Saturday, April 1, pandemonium erupted at Rumuokoro Junction in Rivers State’s Obio/Akpor Local Government Area after a man identified as Chukwuka Monye was shot dead by unknown gunmen dressed in police uniforms.
According to Punch, the deceased, a volunteer traffic warden, was controlling traffic in Rumuokoro, a suburb of Port Harcourt, when the incident occurred around 6 p.m. He was said to be assisting in the clearing of traffic jams caused by a downpour.
According to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the deceased had a disagreement with some security personnel, but could not identify the individuals.
"I heard Chukwuka arguing with some security people, but I'm not sure if they're cops or not." He is a very quiet and intelligent man. He is now 43 years old and a First Class graduate. "It's a shame what happened to him," he said.
The corpse was later recovered from the scene by police and deposited at a morgue in Port Harcourt, it was discovered.
The deceased’s distraught father, retired warrant officer John Monye, said he was at home when someone called him using his late son’s phone number to inform him of the development.
"I was in the house when someone claimed to be my son's friend and dialed his (Chukwuka) number. That caller stated that Chukwuka's body was lying on the ground and that he had been shot. According to what he was told, the police shot him."
When asked if his son was a cultist or had any problems, he replied, “My son is a quiet boy.” He never causes problems for anyone. He never had a problem with anyone during his school days.
"He is married and has three children, two sons and a daughter." My son cannot die in this manner. I want the government to look into this and find out what happened that caused him to be shot."
Grace Iringe-Koko, the state police command’s spokesperson, confirmed the incident and stated that gunmen dressed in police uniforms committed the crime.
"It happened on April 1 around 6 p.m." The man was in charge of traffic. I believe he has issues with those people because they are not police officers, but gunmen dressed in police uniforms shot him. The Divisional Police Officer swung into action immediately, and his corpse was taken to a morgue."