By Chinenye Festus:-
Today is World Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day is observed each year on December 10 since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948.
And the theme of Human Rights Day 2020 is to “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights”
As the world marks Human Right Day today, Thursday, there is tension in Port Harcourt, Rivers State as a policeman allegedly shot dead a Keke driver over 100 Naira checkpoint extortion.
Nnamdi Omoni, who is the Police Public Relations officer while confirming the incident to news reporters said the policeman who shot the victim has been arrested.
An eyewitness who gave his name as Beniah Emmanuel said that the victim popularly known as School Boy was shot at Elukpokpodu Road at Rukpokwu, a link to popular SARS Road, Obio Akpor Local Government Area (LGA), Port Harcourt.
“Around 6 am this morning, School Boy with a woman passenger in his Keke had stopped at the spot to look for change when the patrol team stopped him.
“They asked for N100. The guy said he was only just coming out this morning. They then moved to impound his Keke and then started hitting him in a scuffle. That was when one of the policemen shot him dead.”
Emmanuel who said he made sure to follow through with the incident further narrated.
“They (protesters) brought with them the corpse of police slain School Boy. They were able to torch the gatehouse at the station as policemen on guard initially took to their heels.
“But there was swift reinforcement of mobile policemen, vigilante (Ospac) in the area, and some army who came in later. The security forces started shooting and teargassing to disperse the mob.
“So the total killing today could be three. The police shot them all. And the area remains tense. Police and Ospac have shut that axis of the Rumuokoro Express to traffic.”
Unconfirmed reports have it that spontaneous protest followed the killing of Schoolboy, and two more persons were injured as police tried to quell the traffic the protest brought around Rumuokoro – Rumukpokwu Road, while trying to avert an angry mob from burning down the Police Divisional Office.
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