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Bloodflows in Rivers State as Peaceful Protest Turns Bloody - Photos

A three day peaceful Protest going on in Nkpolu Rumuigbo Community has Escalated into Bloodshed riot as The Armed Forces Opened Fire at Protesters killing One.
A group of soldiers on Monday shot and killed one Aleruchi Woko during a protest against flooding by youths of Nkpolu Community in Obio /Akpor Local Government Area of the Rivers State .
A policeman , whose identity could not be immediately ascertained, was alleged to have been seriously injured by the angry youths, while four other protesters were said to have also sustained gunshot injuries .
Our correspondent learnt that a policeman, who probably had come to maintain peace , allegedly lost his rifle during the clash.
It was gathered that the deceased was died on the spot after being hit by the bullet from one of the soldiers .
The incident resulted in a gridlock on the Choba -Rumuokoro axis of the East-West Road, leaving many commuters stranded for hours as the angry youths blocked the Nkpolu point of the road.
The spokesman of 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt , Col . Aminu Iliyasu , dismissed the claim that anybody was killed by soldiers.
“ It is cheap blackmail to say that soldiers killed anybody . They smashed the windscreens of our vehicles , including that of the escort . The mob threw stones and other objects at them ( soldiers and the government officials ) .
“ For them to extricate themselves and because of the blockade, they ( soldiers and government officials ) had to turn back to base . In this era of social media, if somebody was killed, you would have seen it all over the social media, ” Iliyasu said .
When contacted , the State Police Public Relations Officer , Mr . Nnamdi Omoni , confirmed the clash between the soldiers and the youths, but could not confirm whether anybody was killed or not .
Omoni disclosed that 15 suspects had been arrested in connection with the breach of peace within the area , adding that those arrested were helping the Police in their investigation.

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