Protesters storm Army office in Rivers over alleged detention of Wike's aide

Protesters storm Army office in Rivers over alleged detention of Wike's aide

- Some protesters have stormed Army office in Rivers state over alleged detention of Governor Wike's aide, Kenneth Opusungi

- Opusungi was said to have been arrested shortly after the Saturday, February 23, presidential and National Assembly elections

- The family of Opusungi claimed that a subsisting court order asking the military authorities to release their son had been served on them

Score of protesters on Thursday, March 21, stormed the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt, over the alleged arrest and continued detention of Kenneth Opusungi, an aide to Governor Nyesom Wike.

Legit.ng regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, reports that the protesters were from Akuku-Toru local government area where Opusungi, who is the chairman of the Rivers state government Joint Task Force on pipelines and petroleum, hails.

It was gathered that he was arrested in Port Harcourt shortly after Saturday, February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.

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Opusungi's family claimed that a subsisting court order asking the military authorities to release him had been served to them.

It was learnt that the 6 Division of Nigerian Army had in February declared Rowland Sekibo, the chairman of Akuku-Toru local government council and Kenneth Opusungi wanted over the alleged ambush and eventual killing of a Army Lieutenant.

In related development, police on Thursday, March 21, shot teargas at the students of the Rivers state school of health technology, Port Harcourt, who staged a peaceful protest over invasion of their school by the anti-cult unit of the Rivers police command.

The police were said to have been invited by school authorities to arrest the students over alleged cultism and other criminal activities on campus.

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The students said their protest was that their privacy was illegally encroached by forcefully barging into the school campus at about 1.30am, saying that about 15 students were unlawfully whisked away.

Speaking on behalf of the students, the president of the Students' Union Government (SUG), Rosary Braide, vowed that the protest would persist until the students were released unconditionally.

He said: "Our anger is that nobody was informed before the arrests. Not even the Students' Union executive were put into confidence.

''We are not against the law enforcement agencies from doing their job and neither do we support cultism and criminality on campus, but are saying that it should be done within the ambit of the law.

"We are on a peaceful protest, but we were being shot at with teargas and live bullets.Some students collapsed, others sustained injuries during stampede."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday, March 20, claimed that the police were trying to abort the collation of election results in the state.

According to him, PDP will emerge victorious in the end. He said it is a victory that can be delayed, but not denied.

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