Five persons were stabbed to death on Wednesday stabbed after indigenes of Owerri Municipal Council clashed with suspected thugs allegedly imported from the Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of the state to enforce the demolition of the Owerri Main Market.
The clash caused panic in the state capital, making some traders and motorists to flee to safety.
The motorists abandoned their cars, while the shop owners had to flee to safety without closing shops.
Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that trouble started when the suspected thugs and the indigenes started exchanging words.
It was gathered that the argument degenerated into a free-for-all.
A resident, who gave her name simply as Chika, said, “One person was stabbed in my presence. He was stabbed in the head. I had to run, abandoning the things that I bought.”
She disclosed that the warring groups used knives and other weapons against one another.
The clash, our correspondent gathered, extended to Wethrawal Road, Control Post Roundabout and some parts of Port Harcourt Road.
It took the effort of operatives of the state police command, led by the Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, to restore normalcy in the area.
The policemen that followed the police commissioner to the market were said to have used tear gas to disperse the warring parties.
Ezike later told our correspondent on Thurday that five persons were injured during the clash.
He said, “It was a clash between the youths who were in support of the market demolition and those against it.
“We had to call for reinforcement for normalcy to return in the state capital.”
Ezike added that the state was safe and ready for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
Nigerian Youth Have Right To Protest, Says President Buhari
Nigerian youths have taken to the streets to call for an end to widespread police brutality.
Despite the protest, security agents have clamped down on protesters in Oyo, Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with Buhari on Monday, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare quoted Buhari as saying that it was the right of the youths to protest and make certain demands from their leaders.
According to the minister, the president asked the protesters to give his administration time to address their demands as the team set up has already gone to work.
#EndSARS Protest: Edo Govt Sets-Up Judicial Panel
In a bid to quell the ongoing #EndSARS protest, the Edo State Government has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate cases of police brutality in Edo State.
Secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie made this announcement in a statement on Monday
He said the panel is set up, “in response to the yearnings of Nigerian youths, as articulated in the demands of the #EndSars protesters.”
The members of the panel are to receive complaints and petitions from the general public, particularly victims or relatives of victims of police brutality and extra-judicial killings, and to recommend measures, including compensation and restitution, investigation, and prosecution, as the circumstances warrant.
Hoodlums attack Rapid Response Squad officers in Lagos (Video)
Thugs have forced men of the Rapid Response Squad, Lagos state police command to flee for their dear lives after attacking their van.
The incident happened along Herbert Macaulay way in Yaba on Monday morning October 19.
The thugs threw stones and other dangerous weapons at the officers who immediately jumped down from the van and started running for their lives.
The state police command is yet to react to the incident.
RRS officers run for their lives after thugs attacked their van in Lagos (videos)RRS officers run for their lives after thugs attacked their van in Lagos (videos)
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