One of the mourners escorting a corpse from the morgue for burial was on Friday dreaded dead after a clash between young people from the Amakohia community in the area of Owerri North, Imo State.
A guard at the First Bank of Amakohia police station reportedly shot him when he and other youths in the community were escorting a corpse back from the morgue for burial.
But Imo State Police Command spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu said the man did not die but was rushed to the Federal Medical Center, Owerri, for treatment.
It became clear that the problem started when some of Amakohia’s youths, who were part of the burial procession, reportedly blocked the entrance to the First bank, located along Orlu Road.
The police, who were guarding the bank’s premises, reportedly ordered them to move away from the bank’s entrance.
But the youth insisted that they would remain at the bank entrance until the ambulance carrying the corpse passed.
One of the residents said that when the youths insisted on not moving, one of the policemen tried to use force to get them out of the bank’s front gate.
It was further learned that this event led to a fight between the youth and the police, of which the police shot at the mourners, leading to the collapse of the victim on the floor.
The victim yet to be identified, according to an eyewitness, was rushed to the hospital as “he was no longer breathing because he was shot in the abdomen”.
The situation led to panic in the region, when banks and other shops along the road hastily closed.
Other teams of police officers were quickly called in to repress the situation.
Imo State Police Command spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu, who confirmed the incident, said one of the young men hit by a spray bullet was in stable condition.
According to him, “one of the youths was hit by a spray bullet fired by one of the bank’s police officers who was trying stop the youths who had attacked one of his colleagues at the bank.
“The young man who is receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center Owerri is now in stable condition and is not dead,” he said.