Preg­nant woman killed as youths block East-west Road in protest against flood dis­as­ters

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THEMETROSECTION - From Ann God­win, Port Har­court

APREG­NANT woman and a young per­son have been killed, while four oth­ers were in­jured as youths in Nkpolu com­mu­nity of Obio-ak­por Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Rivers State staged a protest against flood dis­as­ter in the area.

The Guardian gath­ered that the youths were en­raged over al­leged ne­glect by the Fed­eral and state gov­ern­ment on the flood dis­as­ter in the area, which was oc­ca­sioned by lack of drainage sys­tem.

Flood had sub­merged a part of the ma­jor East-west road in the area and sacked many res­i­dents, thus mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for trav­ellers and other road users on the busy high­way.

An­gered by the devel­op­ment, the youths yes­ter­day bar­ri­caded the only avail­able lane of the East-west road to press home their de­mands.

It was gath­ered that the peace­ful protest turned vi­o­lent when the youths re­fused a po­lice van to pass through the bar­ri­caded road. The of­fi­cers got an­gry and started shoot­ing to force their way. The shoot- ing, it was learnt, forced the youths to turn vi­o­lent and started de­stroy­ing prop­erty, in­clud­ing cars parked on the road.

A preg­nant woman who was due for de­liv­ery and was on her way to the hos­pi­tal when the in­ci­dent oc­curred died when the ve­hi­cle she was in­side was forced to stop and there was no avail­able ve­hi­cle to con­vey her to the hos­pi­tal as all mo­torists scam­pered for safety. It was gath­ered that she died due to stress and anx­i­ety.

One of the youths, Mr. Aleruchi Woko, who was shot by the po­lice­men, was also con­firmed dead at the scene of the in­ci­dent while four oth­ers who sus­tained bul­let wounds are cur­rently re­ceiv­ing treat­ments at the Univer­sity of Port Har­court Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal.

The Vice Youth Pres­i­dent of Nkpolu, Vic­tor Amadi, said the protest turned vi­o­lent when the se­cu­rity es­corts of the chair­man of Obio-ak­por Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Solomon Eke, ar­rived at the scene with the coun­cil boss and started shoot­ing al­legedly at the pro­test­ers.

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