On Monday morning, police battled protesters on a peaceful protest against the Rochas Okorocha government in Imo State.
The protest tagged “Occupy Owerri” was called by Imo Peoples’ Action for Democracy (IPAD) against the policies of the Governor Okorocha administration and is expected to last for one week.
One of the major complaints of the protesters is the erection of statues in Owerri, the state capital, costing millions of naira, when the state is still owing workers salaries and pensions.
They are also opposed to the appointment of the Governor’s sister as Commissioner for Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment.
The group had written to the police and the State Security Service for security during the rally. While the SSS gave approval for the rally to hold, the police asked that the rally be shifted till after the yuletide season.
The group however refused, stating that the police had no right to stop it from protesting.
Aku Obidinma, the coordinator of the group said the police fired tear gas at the protesters, beat them up and also confiscated their placards as they began the peaceful protest.
He however stated that despite the inhuman treatment meted out by the police on them, they will not be deterred.