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Anambra Youths, Police In Bloody Clash

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UYO, April 29, (THEWILL) – A group of youths known as masqueraders clashed with policemen in Uyo, the capital of Anambra, on Sunday after a Police patriol vehicle rammed into a section of the youths who were celebrating their annual festival.

Police said the masqueraders, who blocked the Ifa Ikot Okpon junction on Uyo-Oron, Oron highway and other major streets in Uyo, were embarking on reckless and ruthless molestation of unsuspecting residents.

An eyewitnessed who narrated the lead-up to the clash revealed that the masqueraders moved into the highway to display their magical powers and to collect money from motorists when one of them was knocked down by a police vehicle.

The youths of the village came out in large numbers, blocking the highway with tyres and chasing away passersby, including security officers, injuring several people, and razing a police patrol van belonging to the state joint security task force codenamed, “Rapid Response.’’

A statement by police spokesman Onyeka Orji said leaders of the cultural groups would be held liable for excesses of their members, saying that there would have been a total breakdown of law and order had the Police not intervened promptly.

“In this regard, any person or group of persons who hide under the guise of a cultural, political or religious association to foment trouble will be made to face the full weight of the law,” he warned.

“Parents/guardians are advised to monitor the activities of their children/wards to prevent them from being used as cannon fodders by desperadoes. We shall on our part continue our aggressive campaign against all criminal elements.”

God knows everybody but not all of us he (God) will make known to the world.
By: Kyei-Afrifa Ma Germ