BY Tony Edike
ENUGU—Tension is mounting among the police and army personnel in Enugu, following the assault on the Provost Group Commander, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, Colonel Dan Walang, by some unidentified policemen.
The incident, according to sources, occurred at GRA, Enugu, last Tuesday night.
The provost was said to have been beating to a pulp by the policemen believed to be on patrol duty.
He was reportedly driving with a lady when he had a disagreement with the policemen.
“It was not clear the score the Army Officer had to settle with the policemen but it was like a case of mistaken identity,” said the source.
It was learnt that the assault on the army colonel was severe that he was rushed to the military hospital where he is now being treated.
Col. Hamza Gambo, Public Relations Officer, 82 Division, confirmed it when contacted yesterday that the officer was assaulted, adding that the matter had been formally reported to the police authorities.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Police Command said it had commenced clamp down on persons selling and using bangers, popularly known as knockout, fireworks and other explosives within the state.
This followed the command’s earlier warning to members of the public against the sell and use of fireworks in the state especially during the yuletide.
It was gathered that the command, through the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, acting on the information received from members of the public at the weekend, raided a warehouse at Old Park, Enugu, where they recovered assorted bangers stocked in seven cartons.
The state Police spokesman, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the raid, said seven hundred pieces of the fireworks were recovered, while two persons, identified as Jude Nwaiboko and Obinna Nwaiboko, were arrested.
Another suspect said to be the owner of the shop has reportedly gone into hiding, as manhunt for him has been intensified.
“The command is warning people selling or using bangers to desist from it as anyone caught will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” Amaraizu said, advising the residents to be law abiding, security conscious and partner with the state command to ensure a hitch free celebration.