Update: Photos of the young man shot dead by soldier enforcing lockdown order in Warri (Graphic)

Here is an update of the killing of a youth leader, Joseph Pessu, by a suspected soldier at Ada Val Arenyenka street, along the Ugbuwangue axis of the NPA Expressway, Warri, Delta state for disobeying the lockdown order.

The incident which happened at about 9:40am on Thursday, April 2, caused chaos in the community as youths allegedly attacked soldiers in retailiation to Pessu’s death.

Pessu’s friends have taken to Facebook to mourn his death.

There was tension earlier today Thursday, April 2, in Warri, Delta State, following the alleged killing of a 28 years old boy by suspected Soldiers who were out to enforce the ‘sit at home’ order issued by the State Government as part of effort towards containing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic in the State.

The boy who was reportedly shot at about 10am at the Ogunu flyover bridge in Warri for allegedly refusing to stop for a check, was said to be driving towards the Warri NPA from Ubeji when he was accosted by soldiers enforcing the lockdown order.
According to sources, the soldiers chased the victim to the Ogunu flyover area where he jumped from an unnumbered Toyota Camry after using his vehicle to block the road to prevent military men from arresting him.
The dependable sources, said the deceased ran into a bush in the area where he was allegedly shot by one of the soldiers who were chasing him.

The soldier who allegedly killed the boy has reported himself to police where he is being detained at the Warri Area Command of the Delta State Police Command.

Meanwhile, the Delta State Government has called for an investigation into the circumstances which led to the killing.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu in a statement in Asaba said government was worried about the report of an alleged killing of a 28-year old man in Warri by security agencies on regular patrol duty.

Saying the the state government has sent a delegation to the deceased family to condole with them over the loss of their son, Aniagwu said the military authorities have been contacted to carry out an investigation into what led to the killing of the young boy.
(Vanguard)

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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