Tensions have reached a boiling point in Enugu State as three residents have reportedly been killed amidst escalating protests in the Coal City metropolis.
In a recent development, it has been reported that a group of traders took to the streets on Wednesday morning to express their discontent. The reason behind their protest was the sealing of their shops by the State government. The government had taken this action as a consequence of the traders’ failure to open their businesses on Monday.
In a disturbing turn of events, the peaceful protest took a violent and tragic turn, resulting in the loss of three lives. Reports indicate that at least three individuals were fatally shot during the course of the protest.
In a series of chilling video clips, the lifeless bodies of two young men and a woman have been captured, providing a haunting glimpse into a tragic scene.
Reports indicate that security forces have been deployed in order to disperse the protesters. The identity of the shooter remains uncertain.
In a statement released to the press, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Enugu State Command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, has confirmed that normalcy has been successfully restored.
According to the police spokesman, the peaceful protest organized by the traders was reportedly hijacked.
In a recent statement, Ndukwe, a spokesperson, has declared that peace and order have been reinstated at Ogbete Market in Enugu, along with its neighboring areas. This development comes in the wake of a protest staged by certain traders who were aggrieved by the State Government’s decision to seal their shops. These disgruntled traders also attempted to coerce other shop owners, whose establishments were not affected by the sealing, into shutting down their businesses. Consequently, the entire market was forced to close temporarily.
The once tranquil demonstration was swiftly overtaken and transformed into a scene of chaos and aggression.
Traders in the market and citizens have been urged to maintain lawfulness, peace, and cooperation while utilizing authorized channels to voice their concerns.
A comprehensive investigation has been launched under the directive of the Commissioner of Police. The authorities are diligently working to uncover the truth behind the incident. Updates regarding the ongoing investigation, including any information regarding reported casualties, will be promptly communicated to the public.