Military in Warri have reportedly shot dead a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God located in Opuraja, Okpe LGA, Delta State.
According to Nigerian Times, Pastor Andrew Icroyin was killed during the protest of community members over the illegal arrest of the local vigilante group members.
How it started
The soldiers allegedly stormed the community and arrested a vigilante leader Wilfred Mujakperuo and community chairman Godswill Eyaguobor to interrogate them in connection with an armed robbery attack launched the day before in the nearby community.
An eyewitness said, when the soldiers entered the community they located the chairman’s house and demanded him to disclose where the previous night attackers found wooden logs to block the road before they had robbed the affected community. Then the military arrested vigilante leaders who according to them did not do their job effectively enough.
Reacting to the arrest, the local youth gathered in protest, when the soldiers started shooting sporadically.
The report says that Pastor Icroyin, married with kids, was fatally injured and died at the scene, while many other protesters were wounded.
Community officials expressed their disappointment over the incident saying that they had been fully cooperating with security forces just to received such an unfair treatment of its residents.
It has been learnt that the soldiers admitted shooting but denied the fact of killing of causing casualty.
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