Youths protest in Rukpoku, Rivers State as Police Officer allegedly shoots tricycle operator dead

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Youths in Rukpoku, Rivers State set bonfires after a tricycle operator was shot dead allegedly by a police officer on Thursday, December 10, 2020

Youths in Rukpoku and Rumuodomayah communities in Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State have occupied the street in protest following the killing of a commercial tricycle operator popularly known as Keke Marwa.

Eyewitnesses said trouble started on Thursday morning when a policeman around Rukpoku asked the Keke driver for ₦100 bribe which the driver could not provide. The police officer was said to have fired a shot directly at the driver killing him on the spot.

The death of the tricycle operator provoked the youths and other members of the community who set bornfires on streets in protest. The protest in Rukpoku snowballed into a full-blown riot and spread to neighbouring Rumuodomaya community. Another person has been reported shot dead following confrontations between the protesting youths and the police.

Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer Nnamdi Omoni who confirmed the incident said the report is still sketchy as at the time of this report.

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