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Nigerian soldiers have opened fire in Warri and killed at least one person as they enforced COVID-19 lockdowns in Delta State, minister of state for labor and employment Festus Keyamo confirmed in a statement on Thursday.
“I have received disturbing reports and images of the high-handedness and shooting of innocent citizens by men of the armed forces deployed to enforce the COVID-19 lockdown in my State, Delta State,” Mr. Keyamo said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.
“Specifically, I have received reports of the killing of an innocent young man, Mr. Joseph Pessu in Warri. I unreservedly condemn this barbaric act by men of the armed forces who should exercise restraint when dealing with the civilian populace. I will be forwarding a petition to the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate this murder and bring the officer(s) to book. In the interim, let us not take the laws into our hands, please.
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“I will also use this medium to sincerely appeal to my brothers and sisters in Delta State to be law-abiding and obey the orders of restrictions imposed by both the Delta State Government and the Federal Government. They are lawful orders and they are for our own good. Images and reports of attack on law-enforcement agents by the civilian populace do not help our cause.
“I call on all and sundry in the entire country too to exercise the utmost restraint at this point,” Mr. Keyamo wrote.