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Curfew: Vigilante operatives inflict gun injuries on defaulters in Rivers

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Operatives of Rumuagholu Peace and Advisory Committee (RUSPAC) have allegedly inflicted gun injuries on defaulters of night curfew in different parts of Rivers State.

The members of the vigilante group were alleged to have attacked one of their victims around Oroazi by Rumuola junction in Port Harcourt, where they allegedly shot at him and collected all his valuables.

The incident was said to have occurred on Thursday night after the state wide curfew had taken effect.

Members of the local vigilante group were said be severely punishing those who defied the night curfew imposed by the state government.

A victim, Obodo Dimkpa who spoke from his hospital bed explained how he met about seven other persons being held in the vehicle of the vigilante members when he was arrested.

Dimkpa said “Some of them were putting on masks. They forced me into the car and I saw more than seven people on the back seat, some of them were under the seat of the bus. I kept asking what happened when one of the vigilante members walked up to me with a gun, asking why I was still talking, cocked the gun and shot me on my leg”.

Another victim who was arrested the same night narrated how he was released by the vigilante members because he “spoke the same Ikwerre language as the vigilante members”.

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A leader of Rivers State Command of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Wilcox Mambo who visited the victim at the hospital promised to ensure that those who were involved in the attack do not go free.

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Meanwhile, the leader of the Rumuagholu Security Peace and Advisory Committee, Henry Nyebuchi-Amadi, has denied any involvement of his men in the crime, claiming that they may have been impersonated by hoodlums.

The PPRO Rivers State command could not be reached for police angle of the story.

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