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Amnesty Int’l condemns use of force by security operatives in Bundu waterfront

By Anayo Okoli & Jimitota Onoyume
Umuahia— Amnesty International has condemned what it described as excessive use of force by some members of the security forces in Bundu waterfront community, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The group said that at least three people were killed and eleven seriously injured when combined troops of the Joint Task Force (JTF) and police used firearms to disperse a crowd in the area.

Meanwhile, tension that arose from the shooting Monday by security operatives in Bundu waterfront seem to have calmed down. The armored personnel career belonging to the army and the police that were stationed on Harbor road had been withdrawn.

Also various check points mounted by the security operatives on Monday had also been dismantled. It would be recalled that security operatives reportedly shot sporadically in the area on Monday to pave way for government enumerators to go about their function in the area.

In a statement, Amnesty alleged that government authorities accompanied by approximately 40 heavily armed soldiers and police officers went to Bundu community on Tuesday, October 12 to assess the value of structures earmarked for demolition.

According to Amnesty, groups of men, women and children confronted the soldiers and police, demonstrating against the intended demolitions and blocking their entry into the community.

Quoting eyewitness accounts, Amnesty claimed that two armoured vehicles drove into the crowd and the soldiers and police officers then began firing into the air.

It alleged further that several security officers were reported to have fired directly into the surrounding crowd, with stray bullets reportedly entering into houses, shops and cars.

Calm returns to Bundu waterfront

After the shooting residents of the area were seen raising their hands up  as sign of total surrender when they got close to the various check points mounted by the security operatives.


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