Enugu State Police command clear the air on New Artisan Market Protest: Say it was a case of unlawful resistance, by unscrupulous elements, to the execution of a Court Order issued by High Court of Enugu State, authorizing the demolition of structures and possession of the land area covering the Market by Nwajanja Family of Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the State.
A statement from the Nigeria Police, Enugu State Command, reads…
“*ACTS OF VIOLENCE AT NEW ARTISAN MARKET: NORMALCY RESTORED*
“_*As CP orders thorough investigation to fish out perpetrators, while urging residents to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation or harassment*_
“The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, *CP Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, psc*, has ordered the immediate launch of thorough investigation to fish out and bring to book, miscreants whose acts of violence led to the sustaining of injuries by innocent citizens, vandalism and burning of vehicles at New Artisan Market, along Enugu/Port-Harcourt Expressway, Enugu at about 4.00pm of today, 22/04/2021.
“2. Preliminary investigation reveals that the unscrupulous elements within the Market, became riotous and resisted the execution of a Court Order issued by High Court of Enugu State, authorizing the demolition of structures and possession of the land area covering the Market by Nwajanja Family of Akpugo in Nkanu West L.G.A. of the State. It further shows that the unwarranted rioters set up burn-fires on the road, obstructed vehicular movement, injured unascertained number of persons, vandalized two (2) caterpillars that had gone to carry out the demolition exercise and set ablaze three (3) vehicles.
“3. Meanwhile, normalcy has been restored by Police Operatives, while fives (5) persons connected with the riotous act have been arrested and are helping ongoing investigation.
“4. Consequently, the Commissioner has enjoined law-abiding members of the public, especially those plying the NNPC Mega Station axis of Enugu/Port-Harcourt Expressway, to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation or harassment, as necessary measures have been taken to forestall further occurrence of the riotous act.
“*ASP DANIEL NDUKWE*
Police Public Relations Officer
*FOR:* Commissioner of Police
Enugu State Command”.