At least one person has been killed and several others left with varying degrees of injury after Police opened fire on guests during a burial procession in Rumuosi, Obio-Akpor local government area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State, according to media reports.
The burial procession which was carried out for one Aleruchi Woko, who was allegedly killed by security operatives while protesting the deplorable state of the area, turned violent after some youths who had gone to carry the corpse at a mortuary in Rumuosi began robbing shop owners and residents with machetes, the reports said.
Their actions were said to have prompted the police officers to move swiftly into action which ultimately led to the shooting spree.
Confirming the incident, the Community Development Committee Chairman of Nkpolu Community, Achinike Orubuogwu, said:
“The young man killed by the Police and the other one nursing bullet wounds are not indigenes of the community, but sympathizers who came to join us when went to the mortuary to carry the corpse of our brother.”