Some officers attached to the Imo State Police Command on Monday caused the unconsciousness of an asthmatic patient and a six- year- old boy at the popular Eke Onuwa market located along Douglas road, Owerri, the state capital.
According to Leadership, the policemen who were attached to the task force on street trading and illegal motor park went on rampage while clamping down on offenders, reportedly shot several teargas canister into the air amidst crowd.
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The victim whose name was given as Chukwukere Daniel, and the six- year- old boy whose name could not be confirmed, were said to be among the crowd who gathered to watch promotional display by a beverage company inside the market, but were mistakenly caught in the dangerous air.
It was gathered that the protest that followed the incident caused a stampede, with several people injured while scampering for safety. Some hoodlums were said to have used the opportunity to loot goods from traders who fled and abandoned their shops.
The victim, Daniel who narrated his ordeal after regaining consciousness said: “I was returning from work and heard a loud sound at Douglas road. I started running but slumped later as I was told by people who revived me”
Daniel further revealed that the good Samaritans, who saved his life, were quick enough to purchase inhaler for him as he had misplaced his own during the stampede.
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