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Lockdown: Delta woman protest leader arrested



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Mrs Rosslyn Akpamrdo who led the protests over Delta state government extension of lockdown in Sapele, on Wednesday arrested by the police.

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Onome Onowakpoyeya confirmed the arrest.

She said the woman was arrested with some persons who are now in Police custody in Asaba.

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The women, Mrs Rosslyn Akpamrdo popularly call the lady in red was arrested on Wednesday night in her home.

Mrs Akpamrdo a businesswoman was reportedly fed up by the lockdown as she was always complaining, suggesting that must have led to the protest.

It is recalled that Mrs Akpamrdo, wearing red sports knicker and a red wrapper to cover her top on Wednesday had led hundreds of women to protest against Dr Ifeanyi Okowa’s extension of the 14-day Lockdown which began on April 1, for another two weeks and imposing a dusk to dawn curfew.

There have been several reports about the shooting of protesters on Wednesday in Sapele, where 5 persons are now being hospitalised for gunshots wounds.

The victims, a 15 years old boy, Christian Okeogwale, Ini Enoh, 17 years old and three others including a girl, were shot during protest over the lockdown extension. 

A source  said that a vigilante shot the victims.

“We were shot by a vigilante as we were protesting and after he shot at us, when he saw the outrage, they all ran away.

“The protest has been peaceful and from MacPherson road, we went to Reclamation road, where they, (Vigilantes ) first confronted us and it was at front of EJ eatery that they came again and when the chairman left again, they confronted us and they started shooting at us”

But Onome Onowakpoyeya, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer further explained that though 18 persons have been arrested” she said she could not confirm if anyone has been arrested for the shooting.”

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