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Gunshots fired as Okada riders protest alleged killing of colleagues in Delta (Video)



Gunshots were fired by the Police to disperse after a protest reportedly broke out at Okpanam Road axis, Midwifery, in Asaba, Delta State capital.

According to reports, major roads and markets in Asaba and Okpanam in the Oshimili South and Oshimili North Local Government Areas of Delta State were, on Monday, taken over by aggrieved motorcycle riders protesting the death of their colleagues.

Eyewitnesses said that the angry protesters resorted to violence, leading to property destruction and disruptions of business activities.

In videos circulating on social media on Monday, men of the Nigerian police were seen shooting into the air as residents deserted the road.

This has created tension, especially on social media as it comes amid the killings of 16 Nigerian soldiers at Okuama coastal community in Delta State.

The victims which included the commanding officer, two majors, one captain and 12 soldiers were deployed to restore order between two warring communities: Okuama and Okoloba communities in Delta State

Hours after the attack, the community was razed down by fire with many claiming it was a reprisal by soldiers.

However, reacting to the chaos in Asaba on Monday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, stated on X that the officers were deployed to control a protest against a state task force.

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He said two motorcycle riders died on Sunday during an enforcement by the State Task Force.

“There was a violent protest this morning by Okada riders who had issue last night with the state task force that led to the death of two persons.

“They mobilised in the their numbers this morning destroying properties and beating people, hence our men were deployed to control the situation before it turns to something else,” Edafe said.

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