- Enugu State government officials were reportedly attacked by some Hausa cattle traders on Thursday, April 22
- The cattle traders tried to get rid of the officials and police officers when an attempt was made to demolish the New Artisan Market
- The state commissioner of police, Mohammed Aliyu, has confirmed the incident
There was pandemonium in Enugu state on Thursday evening, April 22, as Hausa cattle traders at the New Artisan Market attacked government officials and policemen.
Trouble began when state government officials went to demolish the market following an order of the state high court.
This was made known by the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in a statement via his various social media handles.
It was gathered that the court declared the market a security threat because of its proximity to the Government House.
Unfortunately, the execution was challenged by the traders, who brought out several AK-47 rifles and chased away the officials and security operatives.
Also, Sampson Okorie, an eyewitness noted that the gun-wielding Hausa traders seized two bulldozers the state government deployed to the market and destroyed a police vehicle.
The vehicle, according to him, was abandoned by the police, who ran for their lives when they could not escape with it.
Legit.ng gathers that the state commissioner of police, Mohammed Aliyu, has confirmed the attack on the officials.
Aliyu, however, described the action of the traders as unfortunate, adding that they had agreed to move out of the market after a meeting with Governor Ugwuanyi.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that some Fulani herdsmen were arrested alongside some of their cows.
The arrests were made by the Ondo state Security Network Agency, Amotekun.
The security outfit seized about 250 cows and arrested two herders. They were accused of destroying 300-hectare farmland in Ipogun, Ilara Mokin and Owena Dan areas of Ifedore local government area of the state.
The arrest was announced by the state commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye.