‘Military men open fire on protesting youth in Rivers’

One person has been feared dead as military men attached to Greenville Oil Company in Rumuji community, Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers, attacked protesting residents.

The report (Punch):

  • Some youth from Rumuji town marched to the company in protest against alleged neglect of the host community in the areas of employment and development.
  • At least three persons were hit by bullets from security operatives during the protest.
  • The angry youth had stormed the premises of the oil firm to register their displeasure over alleged unfair treatment by the management of the company.
  • Chizam Nyeche, Nna Aloha and one other person, were allegedly hit by stray bullets, as soldiers guarding the company’s premises opened fire to scare away the protesters.
  • The protesting youth from the host community expressed displeasure over the attack by the soldiers, adding that they were deployed by the firm to humiliate them.
  • The President, Land Owners Youth Association, Chikordi Ojims, said, “The company has also refused to come for review of terms and conditions by which they acquired land for N5,500 per plot.”
  • Ojims threatened that the youth would continue the protest if the matter was not properly resolved.
  • The men of the Rumuji Police Division were said to have calmed the youth down and invited the protesters and the company for a meeting..It was gathered that the protesters were told to put their demands in writing and submit same to the company, which the youth agreed to do. Representatives of the company, however, declined to speak on the development.

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