Hoodlums attack protesters in the Niger Delta

Hoodlums, led by an ex-militant leader today harassed and wounded protesters from different parts of Niger Delta Region, who stormed Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, to protest the controversial allocation by the state government of 1,200 hectares of land to Fulani herdsmen for cattle grazing.

Niger Delta Campaigner, Ms Annkio Briggs, was addressing the Divisional Police Officer, DPO at the Tombia Junction, the take-off point of the protest when thugs, who seemed to have official backing, pounced on her and others.

National Presidents of Niger Delta Groups, who were at the venue, were also assaulted by the thugs in the presence of security agents.

It was gathered that policemen and other security agencies, which were also there to abort the protest, fired teargas and shot indiscriminately into the air.

Meanwhile security operatives, backed by seven patrol vans and a military armoured personnel carrier, have been stationed at the Tombia roundabout to forestall further break down of law and order.

In a statement by the President of the Ijaw people development initiative, Austion Ozobo, the attack was described as unwarranted as Nigerians were only expressing their dissatisfaction over the activities of the herdsmen.

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