One Dead, Nine Arrested As Vigilantes, Protesters Clash In Rivers

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The Rivers State Police have confirmed the arrest of nine people, including members of a local vigilante group, on suspicion of shooting and killing a man named Oregi in Egbeda community, Emuoha Local Government Area of the state.

Saturday Telegraph reports on Friday, the deceased, who was from the Omuipo clan in the Egbeda community, along with other protestors, marched against the selection of a certain community Liason Officer by a construction company managing the Egbeda-Elele Road Construction.

A community source who don’t want his name in print claimed that the young people were advised not to participate in the demonstration by OSPAC, a local vigilante group, but they chose to defy the group’s orders.

He said: “They (protesters) even carried a casket to the company premises but left after some money was given to them.

“But instead of stopping the protests they started marching round Egbeda community singing war songs that warranted the OSPAC to confront them.

“In the process the OSPAC Commander got angry and opened fire on the protesters.

“That was how Oregi was hit by a bullet resulting in his death. Oregi is a young man from Omuipo community. Some of the other protesters received injuries from the gunshots.”

New Telegraph

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