BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Scores of youths of Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State on Thursday protested the alleged killing of a young man by the police.
They obstructed vehicular movement on the Old Enugu/Onitsha road for hours, making bonfire and changing war songs.
A source told our correspondent that the young man was killed by the policemen enforcing the 8pm to 6am National curfew.
“The young man on sighting the police men on duty at Ezi Ellias junction tried to run away but they pursued him and shot at him.”
Another source said, “A boy, name is Anthony Okafor, a barber apprentice, and the only son, from Adagbe Avomimi village of Enugwu Ukwu was heading home from work last night (Wednesday) around few minutes past 8pm and men of the police force from Nimo unit chased him until he was knocked down by a moving vehicle.
“We have lost about three youths in Anambra State in the name of enforcing lockdown and curfew.
“Officially, we have not recorded any COVID-19 death in the State, but we have recorded three deaths from police concerning lockdown/curfew directives in the State.
“The deceased was knocked down by vehicle while being chased by a policeman, one Okeke, described as a terror in the division.
“This prompted the youth this morning (Thursday) to take to the streets. They attempted to attack Nimo Divisional Police Station to avenge the death of their fellow youth,” the source stated.
A team of policemen was seen firing shots into the air to scare the protesters.
Reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Mr. Haruna Mohammed, said it was a case of a fatal accident involving .
He said the youths in the area misconstrued the situation and wanted to attack a police station in revenge before they were warded off.
“We’ve invited elders of the community to brief them on the true situation of things. We are on top of the situation,” Mr. Mohammed stated.