WARRI â€” ITSEKIRIÂ youth leaders,Â yesterday, protested alleged incessant and unwarranted arrest by anti-terrorist police (Red Beret) in Warri.
In a letter of protest addressed to the state commissioner of police,Â the youth leaders expressed dismay over the activities of the anti-terrorist police, who people now use to intimidate, harass and illegally effect arrest of perceived or real enemies in the state.
The letter, signed by Comrade Amechi Ogbonna and David Iwere, stated that while the anti-terror security men are arresting staunch supporters of Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, they have turned a blind eye on the politicians and thugs who stormed the palace of the Olu of Warri last Friday.
The thugs allegedly disru-pted the Itsekiri National Conference convened by the Olu of Warri, in which one of the youth was said to have snatched the microphone fromÂ Lori-Ogbebor addressing participants at the venue.
The anti-terror policemen were yesterday seen patrolling different parts of the oil city, accompanied by some Itsekiri youths loyal to the politicians, to effect arrest of youths suspected to have ventured to challenge their leaders during the violence at the palace.
They revealed that while one the detained suspect was bailed after three nights in police â€œAâ€ Division cell, another was picked up by the anti-terror squad in the evening and taken to their station outside Warri, where he had since remained in their cell.
The angry protesting youth leaders, therefore, called on the police commissioner to call the anti-terror security men to order, as their activities were causing undue tension capable of snowballing into violent clash in the state.