Monday, 19 October 2020

Two feared killed in Delta, Kano as police teargas FCT protesters

The Nigerian Police Force fire teargas at protesters during a demonstration to press for the scrapping of Special Ant-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Abuja-Keffi Expressway, Abuja, Nigeria on October 19, 2020. 

A Thirteen-year-old boy, was yesterday, killed in Sapele, Delta State during the protest in the town.

The teenager, according to eyewitnesses, jumped unto a moving empty trailer but lost balance and fell on the tarred road, smashing his head on the surface.

He gave up the ghost before he could get to the hospital.

Hundreds of protesters had gathered at the Sapele end of the Benin-Warri expressway as early as 9:00a.m.

All roads leading to the Warri Prison were cordoned off by policemen and soldiers to avert a repeat of the Benin jailbreak.

A combined team of soldiers and police mounted surveillance on Okere Road and restricted motorists using the link to the correctional centre.

IN Kano, there was pandemonium, as 17-year-old, Saifullahai Abdullah, was allegedly killed by the police.

The death of the famous cloth launderer triggered bonfires, with angry youths taking over the main road.

Saifullahai’s killing came as protest against police brutality and harassment dominated major cities of the country.

The young fellow was reportedly murdered by a patrol team on Sunday night at about 12 midnight in the presence of his friends, right in the front of his residence within the metropolis.

Contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, promised to respond when he gets full details.

Also yesterday, police officers fired teargas at protesters in Abuja.

The marchers were intercepted at John Kennedy Street, as they attempted to march through the back gate of the Presidential Villa, The Guardian learnt.

In an attempt to disperse the protesters, the security agents fired tear gas.

Soldiers had earlier mounted a barricade at the popular AYA Roundabout within the FCT.

Efforts to get reactions from security agencies were unsuccessful.

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