The death of a commercial motorcycle operator popularly called Okada has breached the peace of of Awkuzu in Anambra as irate youth protested for two days leading to the death of three more persons.
Trouble began when the youths of Awkuzu accused the police of shooting and killing the Okada man for riding his commercial motorcycle beyond the stipulated government approved time of 7pm to 6am. The irate youths who mobilised to the Oyi Divisional Police Station destroyed the police posts and building after sacking the officers on duty.
Encouraged by Tuesday’s successful raid of the Oyi police station, the youths blocked off major roads in Awkuzu the following day, Wednesday, in further protest and in the process destroyed several vehicles of innocent road users who ran into them.
A source disclosed that it was in the process that a detachment of police team arrived the scene and in an attempt to disperse the rampaging youths, shot and killed two more demonstrators before the intervention of prominent personalities from the area, including the Obi of Awkuzu, Igwe Chibuike Ezeaganama. One of the victims who identified himself as Mazi Chris Mocha, Director of Information, Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, told newsmen on phone that he was riding his motorcycle from Awkuzu to Ifitedunu when he ran into the angry youths and they used machete to cut his front and back tyres to pieces.
The Igwe of Awkuzu, Obi Ezeaganama told newsmen that he had just succeeded in bringing the situation under control, adding that he had appealed to the youths to sheathe their swords against the police, adding that the youths told him that their grouse was that the police were capitalizing on the 7 p.m. okada ban to extort money from them daily, even when the time was not yet up to the stipulated 7 p.m.
It should be noted that the Nigeria police have still not been adequately trained or equipped for crowd control and protest as men deployed to disperse crowd are only armed with their service ruffles without putting any other forms of safety measures to deal with crowd control.