Officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) allegedly gunned down one person while many others sustained injuries, during a burial procession in Rumuosi, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday.
According to reports, the burial procession was for the young man, Aleruchi Woko who was killed by a military officer during a protest over the disgraceful state of Nkpolu Junction on the East – West Road in Nkpolu, last November.
Trouble started when some young men who had gone to carry the corpse of late Aleruchi from the Mortuary in Rumuosi began to rob shop owners and residents of the area with machetes .
The action resulted to panic among residents and shop owners who quickly locked their houses and shops and ran for safety.
According to eye witness, police in the area who saw them robbing people started shooting at them, killing one person and injuring many others.
Some Policemen who witnessed the suspected hoodlums wearing black T-shirts and black trousers and clutching sharp machetes while robbing traders of their wares began shooting at them.
Gun shots were heard in and around Nkpolu community.
Some of Tricycle riders drove recklessly as part of the burial procession,” the eyewitnes said.
The Community Development Committee Chairman of Nkpolu Community, Mr Achinike Orubuogwu when contacted said,
The young man killed by the Police and the other one nursing bullet wounds are not indigenes of the community, but sympathizers who came to join us when we went to the mortuary to carry the corpse of our brother.
The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident and said that the command was earlier alerted that there would be a security breach during the funeral procession by hoodlums and had to deploy officers and men to forestall their plans.
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