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Protest as DPO allegedly shoots youth leader in Imo

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
25 April 2022   |   3:15 am
Protest has erupted at Urualla in Ideato-South Local Council of Imo State, following alleged shooting of a 40-year-old Emeka Dike by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Chris Ikemere, in charge of Ideato North Division.

The protesters

Protest has erupted at Urualla in Ideato-South Local Council of Imo State, following alleged shooting of  a 40-year-old  Emeka Dike by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Chris Ikemere, in charge of Ideato North Division.
   
Dike, a youth leader from the area, hailed from Isiekenesi in Ideato-South Council and was an only son and father of four children.  He was allegedly shot by the DPO at a popular joint, known as Emma Ocha’s bear parlour in Urualla, a nearby community.
  
Following the incident, some irritate youths from the area led by Mr. Ifeanyi Obiekwe, took over the major roads in the area, protesting against the shooting.

   
They blocked the roads, preventing motorists from plying it, while displaying placards with different inscriptions and demanding justice for Dike.
   
The youths numbering over 200 decried the unprofessional conduct of the police officer and called for his immediate arrest and prosecution.
 
They stressed that if not for timely intervention by some public spirited individuals, who helped to rush the victim to a nearby hospital, he could have bled to death.
  
Contacted,  spokesperson for the State Police Command, Chief Superintendent of Police(CSP) Michael Abattam confirmed the incident.  He said the Police Commissioner, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, has  directed investigation to commence on the matter.

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