From Monday Ochuko, Warri
There was palpable tension in Warri, Ughelli and in Isoko, Delta State today, as youth suspected to be yahoo boys clashed with operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The SUPREME gathered that the clash grounded commercial activities in Warri, Ughelli and in Oleh headquarters of lsoko South local government as well as in Ozoro in Isoko North local government. The youth went on a rampage calling for scraping of EFCC.
We gathered that five trucks were burnt down in Ughelli by the angry youth.
A resident in Warri who pleaded anonymity told our reporter that, “the youth anger is that, the EFCC went to Otokutu and Jado (outskirts of Warri) last weekend and attempted to arrest some yahoo boys, searching through their phones and laptops. I learnt the boys resisted leading to a serious clash between them. And one of the boys was shot dead by the EFCC.”
According to our source, “today, we learnt they (EFCC) went to a town near Osubi airport to arrest some boys. That was what provoked the youth and they went on rampage blocking everywhere with burn fire in Warri “
We further gathered that, the youth attempted to eliminate the EFCC officials in retaliation to their colleagues that was killed at Otokutu.
The Commissioner of Police Delta State, CP Ali Mohammed Ari was said to have promptly dispatched anti-riot policemen and crack squad policemen to the scene to restore please, and subsequently rescued the EFCC officials to nearby police stations.
The policemen were said to have later joined by some soldiers and normalcy was restored.
Another resident in Warri who pleaded anonymity who is into oil and gas, commended the police for their prompt response. He said, “the police tried this time. I learnt the Commissioner of Police promptly dispatched enough police to the scenes. Right now we are moving freely and police and soldiers are everywhere “
He noted that, ” there was serious tension in the afternoon no movements in major streets of Warri.”
The SUPREME also learnt that, the tension in Warri also spread to the nearby town of Ughelli a gateway to Bayelsa and Port Harcourt.
The youth were said to have come out in large numbers with burn fire blocking the road from Warri to Bayelsa and Port Harcourt.
Similarly, the tension was said to have spread to lsoko, a boundary with Ughelli this evening.
In Ughelli, one of the youths said to have been shot dead, allegedly by soldiers who came out to join the police The death of the youth was said to have further aggravated tension, promoting the youth to burn down five trucks.
Passengers travelling to Bayelsa and to Port Harcourt and from Bayelsa and Port Harcourt to Delta and Edo states were said to have been stranded for hours.
A police source at police headquarters Asaba, confirmed to The SUPREME on phone this evening that, ” some of the aggrieved youth in Ughelli were armed. You know soldiers are trained to shoot. They came out to assist the police. “
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