Man killed as soldiers clash with residents while enforcing lockdown in Nigeria

Source : news-politics ANA reporter | 03 Apr 2020 22:38 PM | 351 words

PRETORIA, April 3 (ANA) - A 28-year-old man was killed in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria, during a clash between residents and soldiers enforcing the lockdown amidst Coronavirus crisis, according to a report on Friday.

Online publication, Premium Times Nigeria reported that information surrounding the death of the man was a bit unclear.

However, the publication said two witnesses told them that the overbearing attitude from the army personnel caused a standoff with residents.

In one of the video clips which is allegedly of the incident, some youth are seen running around, while thick black smoke could be seen billowing out of the area and the sound of gunshots can be heard from a distance.

“I don’t even understand what is wrong with these people,” a voice was heard saying in the recording. “It’s so crazy, they are fighting with them.”

The Commissioner for Information in Delta State, Charles Aniagwu, said the state government was worried about the killing and has requested the military authorities to investigate it.

Meanwhile in South Africa, 21 cases of police brutality have been reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) since the beginning of the lockdown, according to a statement released by the police watchdog.

IPID said three people have been killed during lockdown, the deaths occurred within the first three days according to the IPID statement

As a result, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has since launched a dedicated WhatsApp line and an email address where members of the public can report acts of assault, abuse or bribery by law-enforcement officers during the current lockdown. 

DA leader John Steenhuisen said these platforms will also be used to advise citizens on their rights and to raise and lodge complaints with the relevant authorities and oversight bodies. 

The opposition leader said it is important for South Africans to adhere to the lockdown regulations and the party agrees that those who do not comply should face the consequences of their actions within the law.

“However, we strongly condemn the brazen acts of violence, humiliation and degradation committed against our citizens,” said Steenhuisen.

- African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Devereaux Morkel