BREAKING: Many feared dead as gunmen enforce sit-at-home in Enugu, burn police vehicle
At least five people are feared dead on Saturday morning following the attack by gunmen enforcing a purported five-day sit-at-home order in Enugu State and burnt a police patrol vehicle in the New Market area.
A viral video circulating online has shown yet-to-be-identified two victims lying lifeless in front of Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane.
But a police source who confirmed the attack said that no life was lost, but he didn’t provide further details.
It was gathered that the hoodlums who were numbering over 10 had stormed the New Market area as early as 6 am probably to shut down the market but met some policemen on the ground and hence attacked them.
They were reported to have engaged the policemen deployed to the market in a gun duel and eventually succeeded in setting ablaze their patrol vehicle.
Some early morning traders told newsmen that the shooting forced traders who had arrived in the market for their daily business to scamper for safety, leaving their goods behind.
An eyewitness, Mike Ezeh said, “I saw a group of boys around 6 am this morning shouting on traders coming to market to go home. They were shouting; don’t you know there’s sit-at-home? Why are you disobeying it?
“Shortly, I saw a police patrol vehicle coming and immediately, they engaged them in the shootout. I left my goods and ran to safety. After the shooting stopped I came out and saw they had set ablaze the police patrol vehicle in front of the Colliery hospital,” Ezeh said.
Newsflash Nigeria had reported on Friday that residents of Enugu State shunned the five-day sit-at-home, Simon Ekpa, the self-proclaimed disciple of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu declared in the South East region.
The early morning attack in the Enugu metropolis may have been a deliberate effort to scare the people and force them to obey the sit-at-home order.
Following the development, many residents have been forced indoors for fear of attack.