Protesters shutdown Enugu, Set ablaze NIMC, ITF offices, Emene police station

By AdvocateNews on 21/10/2020

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The #EndSARS protest in Enugu capital city became violent on Wednesday as the angry protesters attacked some federal institutions in Emene area.

The state offices of National Identity Management Commision, NIMC,  IndustrialTraining Fund, ITF and the Divisional Police Station, all located in the Industrial/Residential layout, Emene. The windscreens of many vehicles were also damaged by the protesters.

Although it could not be confirmed if there were casualties by press time, a viral video showed the corpse of a young man said to have been shot dead by security operatives during the protest along NOWAS road in Ibakpa area.

The coal city protesters virtually shutdown Enugu taking over some areas in the metropolis.

The protesters who came out in their numbers blocked Abakpa, Nike, Nike Lake and Liberty Roads.

Also blocked were NOWAS, Trans Ekulu and Emene areas in the metropolis. Tyres were set on fire and used to block major roads.

This hampered movement and virtually shutdown business activities in affected areas of the town.

The Abakpa market was shutdown for most part of the day just as timber market all in Abakpa area.

The situation caused fear in the area as residents and business owners scampered for safety.

At Emene, shop owners ran helter skelter in fear and closed shops in anticipation of the protesters who had also set up burnfire at some locations.

Business owners and banks around Ogui Road and Okpara Avenue among others have closed for fear of being attack.

Our correspondent who went round the town reports that military personnel have taken over the popular Okpara Square where the #ENDSARS protesters usually gather every morning as no protester was seen around the area which is close to Government House.

A heavy military presence was also witnessed at the entrance of the Enugu airport for fear of possible attack.

A resident of Transekulu area, Mr Joseph Ogbu told our correspondent that no vehicle was allowed to pass through Trans Ekulu, Abakpa and Nike Area as the Road were all blocked and flames of fire covered the whole area.

He said “I was in my office when I saw people running helter scatter and immediately we came out, we saw the protesters comming towards our office so we hurriedly close office.

“We were told that the angry protesters are currently destroying vehicles and people shops around Nike area.

“The situation is becoming worse, Government need to act very fast to avert blood shed in the state. Only God will save us because with the situation now, we can’t sleep with our two eyes close again.

Also, a trader at Ogui Road, Nkechi Onu said she was in her shop when they got the news of what was happening in Abakpa and they hurriedly close their shops.

“Even though the protesters are yet to get to our area but we need to stay safe in order not to fall victim of their attack so that’s why we closed our shops’ she said.

Apart from breaking of vehicle windscreens and glasses, the protest in Enugu has been peaceful. No serious incident or violence have so far been recorded even though fear and apprehension has continued to grow among residents.

Posted 21/10/2020 10:25:56 PM

 

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