An eleven-month-old baby was feared dead while several others sustained varying degrees of injuries, when an imaginary explosion occurred at the Eke Ozi market in Igboeze North local government area of Enugu state Friday.
The sound of the fire-cracker threw the entire market into pandemonium as marketers thought members of the Boko Haram sect had invaded the area. [eap_ad_1] In the ensuing melee, the eleven-month-old baby was trampled upon, while hoodlums had a field day looting shops, during the stampede, which lasted for several minutes.
The police authorities however dismissed the allegation that the suspects were members of the terrorist group as they were moved to the police headquarters, Abuja for interrogation.
Inspite of police assurance, there has been apprehension in the area to the extent that the people are ready to take to their heels at the slightest sound. Both Enugu Ezike and Obolo Afor are border towns between Benue and Enugu states.
As at the time of filing this report, commercial activities had resumed at the market, even as traders whose shops were looted lamented their losses.
But a police officer who refused to have his name in print, said the police high command was still studying the situation and would issue a statement in due course. “But the little information we got shows it was not really an explosion,” he said (DailyPost)[eap_ad_4]