There was pandemonium in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra, recently, following a clash between some youths and policemen over the death of Emmanuel Okeke.
It was gathered that two policemen were killed in the mayhem while the youths threatened to burn down police stations in the town. Newsmen further gathered that trouble started two weeks ago when Okeke died in a road accident that was allegedly caused by some policemen at a checkpoint.
One of the youths, who spoke on condition of anonymity, alleged that the policemen manning the checkpoint pursued Okeke, who was riding a motorcycle, for refusing to stop at the checkpoint.
The source alleged that Okeke, 27, was crushed by a moving vehicle during the pursuit.
Another source told newsmen that the policemen then seized Okeke’s motorcycle and attempted to extort money from him.
The source said that Okeke bluntly refused to part with some money and instead decided to present the motorcycle’s particulars to the policemen.
“It was when Okeke was trying to cross the road that a moving vehicle crushed him,’ the source said.
The two men said that Okeke was severely wounded in the accident, adding that he died at a hospital shortly thereafter.
It was however, learnt that the youths started the protest against Okeke’s death around 9 a.m. on Thursday during a procession after the burial of the deceased.
An eyewitness said that the protest soon became turbulent, as the irate youths engaged the policemen in a fight, forcing people in the area to scamper for safety.
Reports say that Okeke, a commercial motorcyclist, hailed from Amudo-Umuchi village in Ekwulobia.
The traditional ruler of Ekwulobia, Igwe Emmanuel Onyeneke, however, told newsmen that he was not around when the incident occurred.
He, however, pleaded with the people to remain calm, as the matter was already being investigated by the police.
Confirming the incident, Mr Emeka Chukwuemeka, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra, however, said: “Nobody died in the clash between the youths and the police.
“It was a minor protest, which the police had brought under control.”