One killed, properties destroyed as crisis breaks out in Rivers community [VIDEO]

One person has been killed following a clash involving youths and local vigilante in Egbema community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The incident which occurred on Friday, May 31, is believed to have started when some youths of the community protested against the individual occupying the position of Community Liaison Officer (CLO).

It was gathered that the divisional police officer from Rumuji addressed the crowd and they left the protest location.

However, the leader of the local vigilante is believed to have encountered the protesters at another location.

While the events are not yet clear, eyewitness accounts state that the local vigilante ONELGA Security Planning Advisory Committee (OSPAC) fired some gunshots into the air during which one Innocent Didia, a native of Egbeda was killed allegedly by Mr Murphy, the OSPAC leader.

Following the fatal shooting, irate youths in retaliation set fire on Mr Murphy’s car and destroyed his house, according to ChannelsTV.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the incident revealing that nine people have been taken into custody while Mr Murphy is still at large.

The Chairman of Emohua LGA, Mr Chidi Lloyd is yet to officially comment on the issue, but videos appear to show some youths burning houses and vehicles in the community.

Watch the video here:

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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