An unidentified young man was on Wednesday killed by a police officer during a protest by youths of the Nkpor area of Onitsha over the coronavirus lockdown order in Anambra State.
Following the death of the young man, other enraged youths in the area matched on a police post and attacked a police team and their vehicles.
In statement issued by the state police command spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, the police claimed that the youth gunned to death in Onitsha was among those who attempted to snatch an AK47 riffle from a police man.
Mohammed said one of its officers attached to the patrol team, Cpl Christopher Ozor, sustained serious injuries all over his body after an unprovoked attack by a “group of miscreants” with a substance suspected to be acid.
“Today 15/04/2020 at about 2pm, Police patrol team while on routine patrol to enforce the lockdown order around New Tyres by UBA, Nkpor in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State suddenly came under unprovoked attack by a group of miscreants with substance suspected to be acid.
“As a result, one Operative attached to the team Cpl Christopher Ozor sustained serious injuries all over his body following the attack while the hoodlums rushed his AK 47 rifle with 30 rounds of live ammunition in a bid to snatch it. The team swiftly repelled the hoodlums with gunshots and retrieved the AK 47rifle from them.
“Meanwhile, one of the attackers who was fatally wounded was prevented by the miscreants from being taken to the hospital but the injured policeman was rushed to the hospital for medical attention.
“Following the incident, Youths in their hundreds holding offensive weapons went on a rampage at Nkpor and New parts general area destroyed Police patrol vehicle with Registration number Veh 009 attached to Awada Division and other Government properties.
“Consequently, Police reinforcement comprising PMF, SARS, Special Anti-cult Unit and other Sister Agencies have been drafted to the area to restore normalcy while the investigation is still ongoing please.”
The incident in Anambra happened the same day a policemen shot a young man on his buttocks during a protest over the extension of coronavirus lockdown in Delta State.