The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Abdurrahman has parraded 23 suspects that were arrested in connection to the violent protest that erupted within the state following the hijack of the #EndSARS protest by hoodlum.
Parading the suspects at the commands headquarters, CP Abdulraman said the suspects were arrested in various locations in the stated where they carried out the heinous crimes.
Amongst the crimes committed by the suspects as highlighted by the police Boss include; burning down of Emene Police Station, two operational Hilux and other vehicles, including exhibits; burning of Amechi-Idodo Police Station;
Akwatta Police Post under Central Police Station; Maryland Police Post under Uwani Police Division and Phase 6 Police Post under Trans-Ekulu Police Division(partly burnt down) were all burnt down. Other Public and Private Buildings/Offices either Burnt or Destroyed include:
Nigeria Immigration Service Office Complex at Emene, which was set ablaze and office equipment carted away;
National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Office Building at Emene, which was set ablaze; Njodo Development Centre, Emene, which was burnt; Enugu North Local Government Council Secretariat’s security house, which was burnt down while some of its office buildings were destroyed; University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus security house, which was vandalized; First, Access, UBA, Fidelity, Eco and other Banks’ ATMs as well as shops were destroyed and/or vandalized.
Though the police was silent on the number of civilians killed, they disclosed that; “one Inspector John Jesse attached to Emene Police Division, was gruesomely murdered, set ablaze and burnt beyond recognition by the miscreants in the premises of the Police Station and
Police Constable Ogboji Emmanuel attached to Department of Operations, was also gruesomely murdered and set ablaze on his way to work at “T-Junction”, Abakpa, Enugu.
The CP also disclosed that the Items recovered from arsonists include:
Thirteen (13) machetes/cutlasses;
A bag containing thirty-six (36) different brands of mobile phones; An item bond with a padlock suspected to be a charms; A gun-like shape iron; and Cash sum of Twenty-Six Thousand, One Hundred Seventy-Five Naira (N26,175.00) CP Abdulraman also reiterated their committed to enforce the directive of the Police IG and stressing that he has directed all formations in the state has been put on red alert and also thanked members of the public for their cooperation.
“I wish to inform you that in line with the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu NPM, mni directive to reclaim the Public Space and restoring normalcy in the State, I have directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Heads of Tactical and Operational Departments as well as all Operatives of the Command to comply with and enforce the directive to the letter.
“I also wish to sincerely appreciate the peaceful residents of the State who have supported us in this fight and urge all and sundry, especially Religious, Traditional, Markets and Union Leaders as well as the Youth to remain law-abiding and support the Command further as we vigorously work towards returning our beloved Enugu City and the State in general to her peaceful status.”