Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sit-at-home: Stampede, shootings as gunmen attack schools, market in Enugu, force residents back home

BY TIMOTHY AGBOR

Following the refusal of residents of Enugu State to obey the first day of the one week sit-at-home on Tuesday, unknown gunmen on Wednesday attacked major areas of the state capital to enforce the order.

Shootings were reported in some parts of the Coal City on Wednesday morning including Trans Ekulu, Artisan, Emene, New Haven, Abakpa, Agbani Road, NOWAS among others.

The hoodlums reportedly stormed the popular Artisan market in a Hilux Van.

The gun- wielding criminal elements who wore masked succeeded in scaring people away and causing stampede at the areas they attacked.

A similar attack caused pandemonium at Agbani Road as the unknown gunmen shot sporadically around the Amokwe bus stop and forced motorists and motorcyclists to abandon their vehicles and motorcycles and scampered to safety.

At Orie Emene the gunmen stormed the market with okada and opened fire on traders, buyers and passers-by.

Banks, schools, markets which had opened for business were forced to close as occupants ran for their lives.

Enugu residents have consequently returned home to obey the one week sit-at-home ordered by the Simon Ekpa-led faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

The reported shooting at the Ishieke area of Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital Tuesday had already put fears into Enugu residents most of whom had decided to stay at home and observe situation before making any move.

The sit-at-home failed completely on Tuesday as Enugu residents went about their normal duties with markets, schools and banks open.

But, on Wednesday, a source said that the gunmen stormed St. Michael Primary School, Asata in Enugu. The teachers and pupils were said to have been thrown into stampede as gunshots rented the air.

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