The COVID-19 special task force and Police command of Ebonyi State has confirmed in a new press report that they jointly impounded 37 motorcycles and arrested 50 youths in Afikpo North LGA during a recent protest. According to the press report, the youths were protesting against the ban placed on commercial motorcycle operations by Ebonyi state government.
This protest also includes their unacceptance of the recently imposed curfew by the state government to stop illegal entry through the state boundaries.
50 youths and 37 motorcycles were arrested in Ebonyi during a protest
While speaking with newsmen at the secretariat building, Mr Ogbonnaya Enyim – the council chairman of Afikpo North LGA, said that these arrested youths, who are mostly commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders, stormed the Eke market on Monday 20th of April 2020 to stage the protest. Mr Enyim mentioned that the Police began to arrest some of the protesting youths after getting security reports claiming that few of them had weapons and intentions to cause disruption of peace in the area.
Mr Ogbonnaya Enyim also stated in his press statement that shortly after some of the protesting youths were arrested by the police, the remaining ones went back to re-organize themselves and came back in larger numbers with even more weapons. This he said, led to more arrests of these peace-threatening youths that day.
It's quite unfortunate that all these protests and issues are actually coming up while the state government is trying to ensure that the COVID-19 virus doesn’t enter the state. We do hope the youths will be able to find good resolve with the Ebonyi state government soon.
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