Men of the Rivers State Police Command are yet to find the ‘hit and run’ driver who killed a Port Harcourt-based journalist, Mr. Edward Aleymen on Friday.
Aleymen, the Rivers State Correspondent of Banner News, a Yenagoa-based weekly newspaper, was knocked down within the Oil Mill axis of Aba-Port Harcourt Road and later died at a private hospital in Elelenwo, Port Harcourt due to loss of blood.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP on telephone yesterday, the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state, Opaka Dokubo said it was regrettable that the police were yet to find the killer of the veteran journalist more than three days after the unfortunate incident.
Dokubo said, “We are baffled that more than three days after, the Rivers State Police Command is yet to arrest the driver who killed a veteran journalist, Mr. Edward Alyemen in Port Harcourt on Friday, December 28, 2012.”
He therefore called on the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abdulkadir Indabawa to step into the matter and ensure that the culprit is not only arrested but prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to other motorists.
The NUJ Chairman said, “We therefore call on the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abdulkadir Indabawa to step into the matter and ensure the arrest of the fleeing driver. This is as we believed that the arrest and prosecution of the driver will serve as a deterrent to other reckless drivers on the road.
“We also call on the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), and the Rivers State Traffic Management Authority (TIMARIV) to step up control measures on major roads within the Port Harcourt to prevent such ugly incidents.”