A teenage girl and two women were hit by bullets and are in hospital.
The police who are responsible for the shooting have been arrested.
On Tuesday the 24th of November 2020 a policeman fired shots at vendors and customers while attempting to clear traffic congestion in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
Three women were hit by bullets and needed medical attention.
This is according to a statement by the spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat.
He stated that the incident took place on Tuesday the 24th of November 2020 at the Tombia-Etegwe roundabout in Yenagoa, Nigeria, when a patrol team of officers was stuck in traffic.
He went on to state that one of the police officers was trying to clear the traffic congestion and accidentally fired a shot, the bullet rebounded off a surface and injured three women.
The victims that have been injured have been identified as a 17-year-old named Alice Azaghene, a 32-year-old named Madufuro Blessing, and a 46-year-old named Ebinipiri J. Onojamadu.
Eyewitnesses stated that the policemen began shooting after they threatened vendors to move their goods out of the way to ease the traffic congestion, but the vendors hesitated.
Asinim Butswat stated that the policemen responsible for the shootout were identified and arrested.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli, condemned the shooting, and also urged members of the public to be calm while justice is served.