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Police Attacks Peaceful Protesters Against Rochas Okorocha In Imo State.

Police on Monday morning attacked protesters on a peaceful protest against the 
Rochas Okorocha government in Imo State.

The protest, tagged ‘Occupy Owerri’, which is expected to last for one week, was 
called by Imo People’s Action for Democracy, IPAD, against the policies of the 
Governor Okorocha administration.

Chief among the grouse of the protesters is the erection of statues in Owerri, 
the state capital, costing millions of naira, when the state is still owing workers
 salaries and pensions.

They are also opposed to the appointment of the governor’s sister as 
Commissioner for Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment.

The group had written to the police and the State Security Service for security 
during the rally. While the SSS gave approval for the rally to hold, the police asked 
that the rally be shifted till after the yuletide period.

But the group refused, arguing that the police have no right to stop it from protesting.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, the coordinator of the group, Aku 
Obidinma, said police fired tear gas at the protesters, beat them up and also 
confiscated their placards as they began the peaceful protest.

He said they won’t be deterred by the actions of the police.

Source: Nairaland.

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