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Four houses razed as youths protest Police killing in Enugu

By Tony Edike

ENUGU—FOUR residential buildings were completely burnt down by some angry youths, who were protesting the alleged killing of a young man, Mr. Ogochukwu Ngwu by men of the Nigeria Police at Akwuke area of Enugu state on Saturday.

The deceased Ngwu from Akwuke in Enugu South Local Government Area, met his untimely death at about noon Saturday when a team of policemen from Awkunanaw Police Division allegedly stormed the community and gunned him down during a peaceful protest at the palace of the communty’s traditional ruler.

Another woman identified as Mrs. Linus Agu, also sustained serious bullet wounds and her case is said to critically at an unknown hospital, where she was rushed by sympathizers after the incident.

Vanguard learnt that the policemen were invited by some natives in an attempt to stop some youths in the community from excavating sand from the Nyama stream at Akwuke beach belonging to the community.

Sources said two natives of the community, Messrs Benard Nwoye and Francis Ogbodo, had invited the policemen following the resistance of the youths to handover the site to them.

The youths, who make a living by selling sand over the years, allegedly refused to vacate the site alleging that they were being intimidated by the two men and decided to march to the palace of their traditional ruler, Igwe Theodore Nwoye to lodge a formal complaint against the two men.

An eyewitness said while the youths and some other aggrieved natives were trooping to the palace of the traditional ruler, the policemen conveyed in private buses, one of which belongs to Benard Nwoye, stormed the palace and on sighting them, the youths and other natives present took to their heels.

But the deceased (Ogochukwu) was not so  lucky as he was spotted among the crowd by a trigger-happy policeman, who shot him on his chest.  He died on the spot as other natives ran for their lives.

The second victim, Mrs. Agu, was also hit by the bullet few meters from the scene and was rushed to the hospital.

Angered by the action of the police, the youths reportedly marched to the houses of those believed to have invited the policemen, including Nwoye and Ogbodo and torched their houses.


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