By Daniel Dafe
The Commissioner of Police in Delta State, CP Hafiz Inuwa, has debunked reports making the rounds that a protesting youth was shot dead in Ozoro on Monday by a police officer, adding that it was a bullet from one of the armed protesters that killed the said youth.
Speaking to Oasis Magazine (OM) during a phone conversation, he said it was a protest of ‘Yahoo Boys’ and not justb aggrieved youths as it has been widely reported.
He said: “We will not relent in our efforts to deal with them,” as he called on youths in the area to shun crime and criminality.
“As long as they continue to do crime, we will not relent in our efforts to deal witrh them and bring them to book.”
He added: “According to him, the protest was spearheaded by ‘Yahoo Boys’ who feel that they are above the law and should be allowed to do what they like.
He added: “I have been on a casual leave to celebrate the Salah festival and I will soon be back. But, I have spoken to the Chairman of Isoko Local Government Area, and what he told me is that the protesters are ‘Yahoo Boys.’ Also, the DPO told me that it was not the bullet of the police that killed the youth.
“The police in Delta is comitted to fighting crime and criminality. I don’t understand how criminals will get so bold to protest because police are arresting them.
“These are yahoo boys who think they are above the law and unfortunately the community is given them some sort of support. Otherwise, how will they say they want to protest against government and that they must go about doing their criminal activities without been checked.
“Nigeria is too far ahead of that and the Nigeria Police cannot sit down and fold its arms and allow criminals have their way. From the information I got was that the Yahoo Boys were firing and as they were firing they shot one of their people who joined forces with them against the police.
“They were still regrouping and the police will not relent in their effiorts to effect their arrest and we must flush them out of that place.
Meanwhile, our findings showed that the said protesters protested around the popular Alla Square in Ozoro when the incident happened.
A source said that apart from the yahoo boys protesting, some cultists also joined in the protest.
The deceased was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital where he was rushed to.
Sources said he was shot on the head.
It took the efforts of a combined team of police officers and the army to disperse the crowd that were bent on wrecking havoc in the community that is host to one of the three poytechnics in Delta State.
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