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Police Dismiss Rumors of Ughelli Protesters Being Shot, Confirm Tear Gas Use as Justified

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The Delta State Command of the Nigeria Police says it is aware of an alleged sponsored protest in Ughelli North LGA on Monday and has debunked the false narratives currently being circulated in some sections of the media that policemen shot at peaceful protesters.

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SP Edafe Bright Delta Police Command Spokesperson made this clarification in a statement.

He said the Command stated that nobody was shot during the protest, however, the use of tear gas was rightly used to disperse the protesters.

According to the spokesperson, for the avoidance of doubt and to put the record straight, the Command stated as follows;

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That “On 6th May 2024, at about 1130 hours,some members of Oteri community, Ughelli approached the Area Commander Ughelli and requested that Policemen be withdrawn from the express road.”

“The Area commander declined and informed them that the deployment was in compliance with the directive of the Commissioner of Police CP Abaniwonda Olufemi on the need to ensure police presence in that area to prevent kidnapping and other crimes.”

Surprisingly, he added that a women from the community in their numbers forcefully stormed the Area command premises in a violent protest, beating up a policeman in the process, and they were dispersed with the use of tear gas.

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He noted that the report making rounds that Policemen shot at peaceful protesters is false and should be completely disregarded.

He pointed out that, “The Commissioner of Police Delta State CP Abaniwonda Olufemi sues for calm and reiterates that the Command will not succumb to pressure from any quarters because the adequate protection of life and property is the constitutional mandate of the Police and remains the priority of the Command.”

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