Things took a tragic turn when the combined forces of the military, Anti-riot police and the Defence deployed to the area to restore peace and order, began to shoot at the protesters, killing one (pictured topless) and leaving scores injured. Those injured were rushed to St. Gerard Catholic Hospital for treatment.
“The matter is being investigated and details will be made available as the become available. the Division’s Spokesman, Col. Kingsley Umoh said.
“The General Officer Commanding appeals to law abiding citizens to remain calm and go about their daily lawful duties.” he added.
“The situation is now very calm,” Ahmed told newsmen.
“The boy who is a Yoruba Christian pleaded with the soldier to allow him pack the sand to get something to eat today, since he was packing inside gutter that belongs to nobody.”
“The soldier got angry and shouted, ‘Who the hell is this bloody civilian to argue with me?’ and the boy was approaching him when the soldier again said, ‘And you advancing towards me?’
“And before one could say Jack Robinson we heard gunshot and people around ran away, then another gunshot that attracted people from other places,” Ayo said.
“On getting back to the spot, the soldier was nowhere to be found: we only met the lifeless body of the boy in the pool of his own blood, stone dead.” He concluded.