By Jude Atupulazi
Youths of Isuaniocha Community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State have protested against alleged incessant arrests in the community by personnel of the Anambra State Police Command.
The youths called on the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to urgently come to their aid as over 80 youths had been arrested on the instigation of some wealthy individuals in the community.
The youths in a peaceful protest march round the community, called for the release of their colleagues who had remained in detention without any established crime.
Placards carried by the protesting youths read: “Isuaniocha people are crying for help, Governor Soludo, come to our aid”, “Governor Soludo, Isuaniocha people are dying, please save us from brutality”, “DSP Matthew Agu and others are terrorists in police uniform, IGP please intervene”, “Tony Onyeagolum and his cohorts have messed up our community with cultism”.
The youths chanted solidarity songs as they marched through the community’s Civic Centre and other major roads.
The leader of the protesting youths, Ozor Onyemazu Ngini, who addressed journalists, said there had been crisis in the town since 2017, occasioned by the town union leadership then, which, he said, had led to the death of some individuals in the area, as well as the destruction of property.
‘We have called on the police many times to help us, but what we get is incessant arrest of our youths, while the main people causing crisis in our community are left alone,’ he lamented.
Reacting to allegations of incessant arrests, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra State, Mr Tochukwu Ikenga, said the police only got involved in a bid to maintain law and order in the community.
He said: ‘We want to use this medium to encourage the youths not to go to the streets. If they have any complaint they should write to us. The Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, CP Echeng Echeng, is ready to listen to their complaint instead of them hitting the streets in protest which may be hijacked and their aim defeated.’