Two persons were killed on Saturday, and a police van set ablaze by some gunmen enforcing the five-day sit-at-home order issued by Simon Ekpa’s faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday.
According to an eyewitness, the gunmen numbering over 10 stormed the New Market area within the Enugu metropolis, shooting sporadically and scaring people away.
The spokesman of the Enugu Police Command DSP Daniel Ndukwe, however, said that the Command has restored normalcy and a crack team deployed to hunt down the miscreants.
Residents, he said in a statement, should go about their lawful business and disregard the five-day sit-at-home order.
Read the full statement below
ENUGU STATE POLICE COMMAND BULLETIN OF 10TH DECEMBER, 2022
*ILLEGAL SIT-AT-HOME ORDER AND HOOLIGANISM: CP AMMANI, ORDERS MAXIMUM DEPLOYMENT OF INTELLIGENCE/OPERATIONAL RESOURCES
*Urges citizens to go about their lawful businesses and resist succumbing to the miscreants’ antics, as operatives trail New Market Area, peace-breaching hoodlums.
The Commissioner of Police, *CP Ahmed Ammani, FDC*, has ordered Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Commanders of all the Tactical/Operational Units of the Command to ensure the maximum deployment of all the Command’s intelligence and operational resources at their disposal, to effectively patrol and fish out miscreant or miscreants that may want to disturb public peace and security, and/or disrupt the businesses and otherwise activities of law-abiding citizens, under the guise of enforcing illegitimate sit-at-home order.
2. Consequently, the CP has reassured that the Command, collaborating with other security agencies and law-abiding citizens, will never rest on its oars in ensuring that the lives and property of the citizenry are protected against the undesirable activities of disgruntled and misguided criminal elements, hellbent on causing unwarranted havoc to selves and fellow citizens.
3. The Commissioner, therefore, urges all and sundry to remain vigilant, go about their lawful businesses, and resist succumbing to the antics of the miscreants, including the spread of tension-causing fake news. He also enjoins them to continue to support and cooperate with the Police and other security agencies, in their unwavering quest to quell the activities of criminal elements.
4. Meanwhile, normalcy has been restored at the New Market axis of Enugu, and a crack team of police operatives deployed to hunt down the armed hoodlums, who shot sporadically and breached public peace in the area.
5. To this end, the good people of the State have been called upon to remain law-abiding, and security conscious and promptly report criminal suspects and their activities to the nearest Police Station or call the Command’s emergency hotlines on 08032003702, 08075390883, 08098880172 or 08086671202; or alternatively send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.