By Chioma Obinagwam
Barely few hours after Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari addressed the country, there have been reports of a genocide attack going on at the Oyigbo area of Rivers State.
Confiance News gathered on Friday from Twitter.
“Authorities should look into the distress calls coming from Oyigbo in Rivers. #SecureNigeria,” the convener of #EndSARS, Segun Awosanya at about 2.36 a.m West African Time (WAT).
Another Twitter user, known as Owoeyejohnmusic said, “If you are awake. Please spread the news. THERE IS A MASSACRE GOING ON IN OYIGBO RIVERS STATE. THEY ARE MOVING FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE. KILLING PEOPLE. If you can tweet this please tweet it. Let it be everywhere! I’m begging!!!!.”
— Trouble Maker 😒 (G.O) (@ObongRoviel) October 23, 2020
Ama Gloria added, “Thank you so much sir
We hear heavy gunshots right now
Hausa men, men wearing Nigerian army uniforms are breaking into our homes. A filing stating is on fire We are scared.”
Since the second wave of the #EndSARS protest began on October 8, hundreds of peaceful protesters have lost their lives, many injured and properties vandalised and destroyed.
— Amaka Nancy (@amaka_mbagwu) October 22, 2020
The most horrifying of the shootings is the one perpetrated by some members of the Nigerian Army, who opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters that assembled at the Lekki TollGate and while they were singing the National Anthem on October 20.
People are dying at Oyigbo in Portharcourt right now!! There's a clash between Fulani herdsmen and residents. Pls retweet🙏
— Fuck the system!!!! (@___Tosin___) October 23, 2020
SARS is the acronym for the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) which was originally set up to tackle crime but later became a unit for extortion, brutality, extrajudicial killings and rape of the Nigerian citizens, particularly young men.