By Tony Edike
ENUGU – ABOUT 15 miscreants operating within Abakpa Nike area of Enugu on Monday descended on staff of Enugu State Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA) and officials of its mobile court with several of them sustaining injury during the attack.
Already, nine of the suspects had been arrained and remanded in prison custody for the offence.
Head, legal unit of ESWAMA, (HOD) Mrs. Comfort Ezenyirioha told newsmen today that the miscreants, mainly youths held officials of the mobile court hostage along College road, Abakpa Nike and beat them up.
She said properties belonging to the court were damage while windscreens of some vehicles that conveyed them were destroyed.
According to Ezinyirioha, trouble started when the mobile court began the trial of some residents of the area who failed to pay up their 2009/2009 sanitation fees for services rendered to them.
The HOD explained that the youths, who she suspected could be cult boys, sighted them at the point of trial, pounced on them, over powered the few policemen attached to the courtÂ and beat the officials mercilessly.
Ezenyirioha said some of the officials who sustained serious injuries during the attack were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
She said nine out of the 15 miscreants have been arrested, arraigned and remanded in prison custody.
â€œWe were there for enforcement just as we have done in other areas when the boys attacked us. They overpowered the policemen because they were not armed.
â€œBut we are taking the matters serious and will set examples with these ones. We have also beefed up security around us because we cannot be intimidated from doing our jobs,â€ she said.
Ezenyirioha, however, added that two people extorting money from passerby at the Holy Ghost park Enugu have been arraigned for impersonation.
Reacting to the assault, Managing Director of ESWAMA, Mr. Greg Anyaegbudike condemned the attacked and said the authority will now compile names of their debtors and visit them from house to house with adequate security.