Area of Ebonyi State on Tuesday protested the arrest of their husbands
and sons by the police.
and some government officials in the area have been at loggerheads over
lead mineral deposit in the community. Some members of the community
were said to be mining the lead without license from the federal or
the alleged illegal mining which led to arrest of six persons. The
arrest triggered protest by youth of the area who blocked the entrance
and exit points of the area to prevent police officers from leaving with
the arrested persons.
officers which left some persons injured. Another account indicated that
earlier in the day, the police mobilised its officers and arrested over
30 members of the community.
streets of Abakaliki to protest the arrest. The women were loaded in
trucks from the community to Abakaliki where they marched round some
major roads in the capital city to Abakaliki local government
waists and other parts of their bodies marched to register their anger
over the arrest. They then gathered at Nkaliki road junction where they
took off to Abakiliki local government headquarters, Nkaliki. They were
almost stopped by a team of police officers in over six hilux vans who
blocked them on the road.
tried pulling it down as it was shut by the security officers. To
disperse the women, police officers fired teargas on them.
are here to tell the council chairman that we are not happy the way our
husbands and sons are arrested. We are telling him to release our
husbands and sons.”
continued the arrest of our youths and husbands. We were having meeting
in our play ground when they came in and arrested our people there”.
but police blocked us. We succeeded in coming to the local government
to tell the chairman to release all our people. The problem is
lead(mineral deposit) issue. Some government officials want to ‘carry’
all the mineral deposits without us benefiting and our youth said no
that we are members of the community who should be carried along”.
internal security, Kenneth Ugbala, assured them that the state
government will look into the problem and resolve it amicably.
aggravate the problem. The chairman of Abakaliki Local Government Area,
Emma Nwangele, refused to see journalists who went to his office over
there was a formal report against illegal mining in the community which
the police acted upon and arrested six persons who were mining in the
100 persons of the area were arrested as according to her, only 27 were
the women are protesting. In no distant time, police will get to the
root of the matter and their husbands and sons will be released to them.