Two individuals have been feared killed at Awkuzu, in the Oyi Native Authorities Space of Anambra State after the police and villagers in the world clashed on Wednesday over the death of a 17-year-old boy, Chibuike Akaniru (pictured:
The youths, it was gathered , attacked the Nteje Police Station, accusing the police of killing Akaniru.
Operatives of the Federal Particular -Anti Theft Squad at Awkuzu had been mobilised to the scene of the incident. Through the clash between the police and the protesters, two youths had been reportedly shot lifeless. A supply, who spoke to PUNCH, narrated how Chibuike Akaniru died.
“A younger man who was using a bike in the night time tried to evade arrest and was hit by a policeman. He misplaced management of the bike and died in the method. Through the protest that greeted the incident , one other youth was gunned down by the police. Human and vehicular actions had been at a standstill for over three hours on the Onitsha-Expressway.”
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer , Haruna Mohammed, nevertheless denied the involvement of the F- SARS operatives.
“There’s a regulation prohibiting bike riders from working in the state from 7 pm,” Mohammed stated.
“A younger man (who was using a bike at night time) , sighted some policemen and tried to flee. Within the course of , he rammed into an oncoming automobile and bought injured. He died at a hospital. The youths in the world mobilised themselves that night time and moved to the Nteje Police Station, accusing the police of killing their kinsman . However the police had been fast to quell the protest.”
“On Wednesday, they mobilised once more and attacked the police station for a similar cause; the police additionally dealt with the state of affairs,”
The police spokesperson stated some of the youths had been arrested .
Based on Anambra State Broadcasting Service, (ABS) Awka, the villagers comprising youths, aged women and men barricaded Awkuzu finish of Enugu/Onitsha categorical method and destroyed many autos on the way in which. In addition they attacked passers by with weapons.
The rampaging youths attacked a bus belonging to Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) which had conveyed a reporter and cameraman to cowl the growing story of the killing, leaving a 5 Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) harm.
Narrating what occurred, Chibuzor Okoye, the ABS reporter despatched to cowl the story stated that the villagers out of anger over what the police did to their son had been unconsolable.
“They took the regulation into their arms destroying autos and harassing passers by. We had been fortunate to flee with our lives. My colleague, Nicholas Johnson, our cameraman is at present in hospital as a consequence of accidents he sustained from extreme blows to the again the villages inflicted on him with arduous wooden. Our driver on sighting them and seeing that they had been going to assault him too ran away, this angered them they usually vented their anger on the bus damaging the again windshield and aspect home windows. In addition they dented different elements of the automobile”.
Reacting to the incident, the MD/CEO of Anambra Broadcasting Service, Nze Uche Nworah stated he was not correct that the villagers had taken the regulation into their arms.
“It’s unlucky what occurred, the killing of Chibuike Akaniru by the police, however beating harmless individuals up, harassing them and destroying autos is hardly the answer to the issue. Why assault harmless journalists doing their lawful job? Now we have by no means witnessed such viscous assaults on our workers earlier than. This brings to the fore the hazards journalists face in Africa whereas attempting to do their job. Our cameraman Nicholas Johnson is in hospital in the intervening time for X-ray and different exams. He took a giant whack to the again and we hope that his backbone has not been injured in any method.”