The Delta State Police Command has dismissed the claim by the President, Association of Resident Doctors, Delta State University Teaching Hospital, (Delsuth) Oghara, Dr Harrison Adja, that policemen in a patrol van shot at him three days.
Dr Adja had on today Thursday in Asaba while addressing journalists narrated how he allegedly escaped death on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, when some policemen in a patrol van with registration number RBC 970 TN shot at him for attempting to overtake them on the busy Benin-Onitsha expressway in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Reacting to the claim by Dr Adja already published in some media, the spokesperson for the police Command in the state, DSP Bright Edafe, in a statement also on Thursday said it is untrue that policemen in a patrol van were involved in the act.
The statement below:
The Command is aware of and wishes to debunk the news, making the rounds on some TV stations and online platforms stating that a medical doctor was shot by the Police in Delta. The publication is misleading as the doctor was NOT shot as claimed. Hence, it has become pertinent for the command to respond as follows;
1. The said doctor, Adja Harrison, on the 24th of January 2023, reported that he had an encounter with a VIP convoy at Agbor, during which one of the security personnel shot at his vehicle. The VIP is unknown as well as the identity of the security man that shot.
2. The registration number provided by the doctor revealed that it is a privately registered vehicle and not a Police vehicle.
3. While the command is still investigating to ascertain the identity of the security personnel that carried out the act, it will be wrong to assume that the shooting was done by the police.
4. However, the Command has written to the appropriate authority to furnish us with the details of the vehicle to ascertain the identity of the owner of the vehicle to enable us to fish out the perpetrators of this act.
5. Consequently, the Command sues for calm as upon completion of the investigation, the public will be informed.
The Commissioner of Police, therefore, advises journalists to be honest and factual in their report and not resort to misleading headlines.
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