Two persons have been killed at Awkuzu, in the Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State after the police and villagers in the area clashed over the death of a 17-year-old boy, Chibuike Akaniru.
It was gathered that the youths attacked the Nteje Police Station, accusing the police of killing Akaniru.
Operatives of the Federal Special -Anti Robbery Squad at Awkuzu were mobilised to the scene of the incident. During the clash between the police and the protesters, two youths were reportedly shot dead.
A source who narrated how Chibuike Akaniru died, said:
“A young man who was riding a motorcycle in the night tried to evade arrest and was hit by a policeman. He lost control of the motorcycle and died in the process. During the protest that greeted the incident , another youth was gunned down by the police. Human and vehicular movements were at a standstill for over three hours on the Onitsha-Expressway.”
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, however, denied the involvement of the F- SARS operatives.
“There is a law prohibiting motorcycle riders from operating in the state from 7 pm,”
“A young man (who was riding a motorcycle at night) , sighted some policemen and attempted to escape. In the process , he rammed into an oncoming vehicle and got injured. He died at a hospital. The youths in the area mobilised themselves that night and moved to the Nteje Police Station, accusing the police of killing their kinsman . But the police were quick to quell the protest.”
“they mobilised again and attacked the police station for the same reason; the police also handled the situation,” Mohammed said.
The rampaging youths attacked a bus belonging to Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) which had conveyed a reporter and cameraman to cover the developing story of the killing, leaving a Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) damage.
Reporters revealed that some of the youth are in custody.
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