Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, killed a man while many injured during a funeral procession in Rumuosi, Obio-Akpor local government area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State on Monday.
The procession was for the funeral of one Aleruchi Woko, who was allegedly murdered by a military personnel at a protest over the poor state of Nkpolu Junction on the East-West road in Nkpolu, last November.
The incident occurred at about 9.30 am when some youths who had left to carry the body of late Aleruchi Woko at a mortuary in Rumuosi, began robbing store owners and tenants with machetes. An eyewitness said.
The conflict ended into fear as tenants and shop owners immediately locked up their homes and shops and ran for safety.
“Some Policemen who witnessed the suspected hoodlums wearing black T-shirts and black trousers and clutching sharp machetes while robbing traders of their wares began shooting at them. Gun shots were heard in and around Nkpolu community. Some of Tricycle riders drove recklessly as part of the burial procession,” the eyewitnes said.
When contacted over the incident, the Community Development Committee Chairman of Nkpolu Community, Achinike Orubuogwu, said:
“The young man killed by the Police and the other one nursing bullet wounds are not indigenes of the community, but sympathizers who came to join us when went to the mortuary to carry the corpse of our brother.”
The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, who affirmed the incident said that the Command had accumulated sufficient data report that there would be security violation by criminals who would cash on the burial of the late Woko and had to deploy officers and men to forestall their plans.