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Protests in Rivers State, Nigeria, allegedly turn deadly

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Protests in Rivers State, Nigeria have turned deadly as tensions escalate over the expiration of local government chairmen's tenures. Activists gathered across the state on June 17-18 to protest against chairmen who have refused to leave office, citing a controversial law that reportedly allows them to stay for an additional six months. Security forces have responded with force, firing gunshots into the air to disperse protesters. At least one protester has been killed, and others injured, amid the clashes between protesters, security forces, and rival activists. The Rivers State governor has since dissolved the local councils, citing the Nigerian constitution, but the situation remains tense with the potential for further unrest.

 

Citations:

[1] https://crisis24.garda.com/alerts/2024/06/nigeria-further-protests-possible-across-rivers-state-through-at-least-late-june

[2] https://punchng.com/breaking-gunshots-as-youths-protest-at-rivers-lg-secretariat/

[3] https://www.channelstv.com/2024/06/17/rivers-lg-bosses-sue-for-peace-amid-protests-insist-tenure-extension-is-legal/

[4] https://www.arise.tv/protests-gunshots-in-rivers-over-council-tenureship-crisis-policeman-vigilante-killed/

[5] https://punchng.com/just-in-protesting-youths-chase-rivers-lg-from-council-secretariat/

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