Tragedy as Explosion Kills Protester Carrying Dynamite in Port Harcourt

Tragedy as Explosion Kills Protester Carrying Dynamite in Port Harcourt

  • Protest in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital has turned bloody as a middle-aged protester carrying dynamite lost his life
  • The tragic incident resulted in pandemonium around the Hotel Presidential area on Tuesday, June 25
  • An eyewitness said the corpse of the victim was hurriedly taken away as security agents trooped to the location journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5 years of experience covering metro and government policy

Port Harcourt, Rivers state - A middle-aged protester carrying dynamite has been killed while trying to discharge an explosive in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

It was gathered that the tragic incident happened in front of Hotel Presidential at about 9.45am on Tuesday, June 25.

Explosion Kills Protester Carrying Dynamite In Port Harcourt
The corpse of the victim was taken away hurriedly as security agents trooped to the location. Note: Photo used only for illustration purposes Photo credit: Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto
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According to Nigerian Tribune, an eyewitness said the corpse of the victim was taken away hurriedly as security agents trooped to the location.

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Another eyewitness, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said that the protesters caused heavy traffic while on procession to their destination.

Some supporters of the minister of the federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, defied police order to stage a protest over the local government tenure elongation crisis in Rivers state on Monday, June 24, The Punch reports.

The protesters, Numbering about 100 displayed placards with several inscriptions to explain their actions near the post office along Azikiwe Road in Port Harcourt. recalls that the political crisis rocking Governor Siminalayi Fubara's administration in Rivers state appears not to be fading away any time soon.

The Rivers APC Caretaker Committee (CTC) chairman, Tony Okocha, has called for a state of emergency in the state. Okocha said a state of emergency is needed to forestall further killings and disturbances in the oil-rich state.

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Meanwhile, reported that Governor Fubara gave a fresh order to the 23 local government council caretaker committee chairmen in Rivers state.

Fubara said the 23 newly sworn-in LGA caretaker chairmen can operate from anywhere after the police sealed off the secretariats.

The state police command had barricaded all the LG council headquarters in the state following a clash between Governor Fubara and FCT minister Nyesom Wike’s supporters.

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Adekunle Dada (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Adekunle Dada is a journalist with over 5 years of working experience in the media. He has worked with PM News, The Sun and Within Nigeria before joining as a Politics/Current Affairs Editor. He holds a B.Sc. in Mass Communication from Lagos State University (LASU). He can be reached via