Panic In Abuja As Protesters Combat Police At Shoprite Mall
A man was seriously injured in Abuja this afternoon as protesters stormed South African-owned Shoprite Mall in Abuja to protest attack on Nigerians in South Africa.
The protesters, who were prevented by the police and the military from attacking the mall, resulted to burning tires and a billboard along the Abuja-airport road.
The predominantly youth protesters threw stones at the security operatives, causing heavy traffic build-up on the expressway and forcing motorists to look for alternatives.
The police and military men, who could not bear the outcome of the distraction by the protesters, started firing teargas and bullet into the air to disrupt the protesters.
The situation worsened as the protesters attacked security operatives.
In the process of shooting into the air, an artisan opposite the Shoprite mall was gunned down and immediately rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
The security operatives proceeded to smoke the protesters out of their hiding places in a village just opposite the Shoprite, when the teargas overwhelmed them.
Motorists and passersby were thrown into panic and fear during the battle between the security operatives and the protesters.