Trouble in Delta state as Police kills one person during protest
The extension of the lockdown announced by Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday evening, recorded its first casualty in Sapele as a protester was shot by a policeman during the women protest over hunger is now lying critically condition in the hospital.
The victim who was part of the protest was reportedly shot at a close range in both legs by a trigger-happy policeman despatch to restore normalcy in the area.
The policeman was said to have immediately taken to his heels, leaving his service rifle behind in a desperate move to avoid mob attack
Reacting to the incident the Delta State police commissioner, Hafiz Inuwa, said the police are on the trail of the suspect in order to intensify investigations into the matter.
Meanwhile, scores of protesting women in Sapele took to the streets as early as 7 am on Tuesday to register their grievance with the state government over the planned extension of the lockdown across the state without palliatives.
Governor Okowa has appealed to Deltans that the lockdown is not intended to witch-hunt anybody, insisting that it was intended for the safety and health of all Deltans.
He, however, assured that food would be made available to targeted indigent people in the state.
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