By Mark C. Orgu, April 19, 2019, news
PORT HARCOURT-The people of Atali/Elimgbu area, in Obio/Akpor Local Area of Rivers state has been thrown into a state of topsy-turvy when one suspected cultist was shot dead by a Police officer. According to an eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity stressed “trouble started when the news got to the area, that a suspected cultist has been killed by the Police, this infuriated the youth of the area, who noted that the victim was never a cultist but an innocent citizen; it was on this basis that they matched to the expressway, barricaded the road, puts fuel on tires, at the cross-road, obstructed movement of vehicles and resulted to violence.
Another eyewitness said that “youths of the area went on a peaceful protest at the station when the news broke out that police officers shot sporadically at the unarmed civilians, in the process, a 13 year old identified as Precious Gladstone and Turuchi, 27, and Nyebuchi became victims. In the case of Nyebuchi, he was stabbed to death by a police officer named Chinedu, while Gladstone and Turuchi were subsequently shot by the officers at Atali/Elimgbu Police station”.
Throughout last night, people run for their dear lives, while at inside Atali, youths were seen blocking the roads, turning vehicles back, while some of them promised a reprisal attacks, stressing that Police should watch their back. However, to restore peace, armed military men, special anti- riot squad and other security agencies were seen, checking and maintaining order while many were subjected to checking.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations office of the state, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni responding to the incidence through a text message to Afrikanwatch said” Actually, there was a little disturbance this evening resulting from the indiscretion of our men from Elimgbu station, leading to the dead of an indigene. However, the situation has been brought under control”
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