A 25-year-old lady, Damietta Green, is lying critically wounded in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital after she was hit by a bullet suspected to have been fired by a soldier.
The incident occurred in the Harbour Road area of Port Harcourt on Tuesday evening.
An eyewitness said the incident occurred close to the popular Rachael Hotel and opposite a branch of First Bank.
“Soldiers who are posted on guard duty at the Nigeria Correctional Centre (Prison) facility, usually mount roadblocks around the area to extort money from transporters of illegal refined petroleum product (kpofire),” one source said
The Nation sources said the madness was triggered when a Toyota Camry car suspected to be conveying the illicit product refused to stop.
“The soldier pursued the car and jumped on the bonnet. When the car refused to stop, he started shooting indiscriminately.
“There were many vehicles trapped in the gridlock caused by the checkpoint and the victim was in one of those vehicles, a Lexus 330 salon car,” a source said.