PROTEST initially led by a group of women in Sapele, Delta State, yesterday morning, turned bloody after policemen shot a young man on his buttocks.
A group of Sapele women had taken to the streets in a demonstration to express their displeasure with the extension of movement restriction in the state to further help contain the spread of coronavirus in Delta which already had three index cases.
One of the protesters who identified himself as Ochuko said the protest was going on peacefully until the arrival of a team of security men which rankled the protesters.
The outing then became irate with young men joining, smashing glasses and pelting security patrol vehicles with stone. In a bid to disperse the protesters, policeman allegedly shot the victim on his buttocks.
According to our source, people of Sapele are currently in panic after security presence was increased across the town to bring the situation under control.
“Our protest was going on peacefully, we didn’t carry arms not even a cutlass. But as usual, when the policemen arrived the scene, they began to use force on us. But because we knew we had not committed any offence by protesting for our rights, we continued.
As we progressed, the police started shooting sporadically and along the line, one of us was shot on the buttocks by a policeman.
The whole place became tensed while we quickly rushed the victim to a hospital for treatment. Everyone is afraid at the moment because we don’t know what can happen next in Sapele,” he said.
Meanwhile, Police officers on routine patrol to ensure compliance with the sit-at-home directive from the government were yesterday attacked by hoodlums at New Tyre Market in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, leading to the reported death of one person.
Trouble started when some youths who resisted police’s attempt to stop them from doing business took laws into their hands and attacked law enforcement officers on routine patrol for compliance with the ongoing lockdown order.
In a release made available to National Light on the incident, Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, stated thus: “Police patrol team while on routine patrol to enforce the lockdown order around New Tyres by UBA, in Nkpor, suddenly came under unprovoked attack by a group of miscreants with substance suspected to be acid.
As a result, one operative attached to the team, Corpora l Christopher Ozor sustained serious injuries all over his body following the attack while the hoodlums rushed his AK 47 rifle with 30 rounds of live ammunition in a bid to snatch it.
The team swiftly responded and repelled the hoodlums with gunshots and retrieved the AK 47 rifle from them.
“One of the attackers who were fatally wounded was prevented by the miscreants from being taken to the hospital but the injured Police man was rushed to the hospital for medical attention.”
Following the incident, youths in their hundreds wielding offensive weapons went on rampage in Nkpor and New Parts area of Idemmili, destroying Police patrol vehicles attached to Awada Division and other government properties in the process.
Consequently, Police reinforcement comprising PMF, SARS, Special Anti cult Unit and other security agencies on the development are now on patrol in the area to restore normalcy while investigation is still ongoing.