…..as Afahokor condemn alleged killing and calls for the arrest of the perpetrator
By Kelvin Ohoror
Tension has gripped residents of the polytechnic community of Ozoro as a protesting youth name Collins was allegedly shot dead on 3rd of August, 2020.
The deceased was allegedly shot by a yet-to-be identified policeman attached to Ozoro Police Division in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was alleged that hundreds of youths were protesting around the popular Alla Square in Ozoro when the incident occurred and the deceased was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital where he was rushed to.
Sources in the community told Isoko Mirror Online that, the late youth was among the youths who were protesting alleged police intimidation and harassment in the community
The incident happened at about 9am when one of the policemen drafted to maintain peace during the peaceful protest opened trigger on the deceased.
The deceased was said to have been shot on the head.
The alleged killing has resulted in riot in Ozoro, the host community to one of the three Delta State Polytechnics.
It gathered that there was rampage in the community as the youths attempted to burn the Ozoro police station.
The protest was in response to police extortion which did not go down well with the community and decided to stage a peaceful protest to ask the police to stop further extortion from them.
However, after the death of Collins the protesters were alleged to have set motorcycles on fire in response to the police brutality
At the time of this report more security operatives have been drafted to the community to quell the rising tension.
The protesters during the protest had accused security personnel especially the police of alleged brutality and illegal arrest as well as using POS to extort money from them.
Meanwhile a legal practitioner and administrator of Umeh Need Road Barr Afahokor Akpovienehe Duncan has Condemned the alleged brutal killing of a defenseless citizen of Nigeria identified as Collins, 23, by the Nigeria Police attached to Ozoro Area command in Delta State during a protest.
Berating the Nigeria Police on the extra-judicial killing, Barr Afahokor on a social media page Umeh Need Road asserted that, “Please let the world hear me on this. I condemn in strong terms the extra Judicial killing of an Isoko youth at Ozoro yesterday by men of the Nigeria police force.”
According to him, “And i want the suspected killer of the boy to be arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.”
It would be recalled that, protesters mainly youths in Ozoro in Isoko North had embarked on a peaceful protest for the extortion spree and harassment by security operatives in the locality in the name of yahoo boys.
Barr. Afahokor also pointed out that, “The protesters from the videos we have seen so far, were only armed with placards and chatting solidarity songs and this is allowed under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.”
“The force used by the police to stop the peace protest was disproportionate, excessive and brutal.”
He further stated that, “The boy’s killer or killers should be arrested and prosecuted according to the laws of our Land.”
He however commiserates with the family of the deceased at Ozoro Community and Isoko youths in general.