Angry Youths Protest in Rivers as Police Shoots Musician
Angry youths in Rivers State have marched to the streets to protest the death of Daniel Chibuike, aka Sleek, a musician, who was allegedly shot by a policeman in the Elelenwo area of Port Harcourt, capital of the state.
Daniel and Reuben, were waiting outside a hotel for the driver of a car-hailing company to convey them to a destination in the state when they noticed men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad advancing in their direction.
It was learnt that Daniel and Reuben, out of fear of being arrested, took to their heels. The SARS operatives assumed the duo were thieves and pursued them. The duo ran towards De Topic Supermarket, where a riot policeman allegedly shot the 20-year-old musician.
Footage of the tragic incident posted on Twitter by Wisdom Echefula showed a man suspected to be Daniel lying unconsciously on the road as some armed policemen were also seen dragging another man, suspected to be Reuben at the scene of the incident.
The post read in part, ‘Sleek and his friend Reuben came out from the hotel dey lodge to wait for their Bolt man then suddenly SARS men came and started chasing them they ran into market and passed to the junction (de young junction) the SARS men began shouting thief thief they ran pass a supermarket and that supermarket also got SARS men too then they shot sleek till he died.’
Another post on a media platform alleged that the policemen shunned several pleas by Reuben to rush Daniel to the hospital, adding that he was left dead at the scene of the incident.
Footage attached to the media post showed angry youths, including friends of the deceased, protesting the circumstances surrounding the death of the musician, and also calling on the Federal Government to end SARS.