Enugu LG Polls: Police Arrest Anti-Omeje Protesters, Seize Mock-Coffin


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Enugu LG Polls: Police Arrest Anti-Omeje Protesters, Seize Mock-Coffin

The move to stop the re-election bid of a former chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Hon. Patrick Omeje got messier on Friday.

This time, several youths again took to the streets of Nsukka with a mock coffin.

It was learnt that this is the second time an anti-Omeje protest is taking place in Nsukka.

However, this time the youths came out with a mock coffin, asking the Governor of Enugu State not to consider the former council boss for re-election. They are accusing him of poor outing during his first tenure.

It was gathered that the protesting youths took off at Opi Junction, where they placed the coffin before the police seized it.

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A source hinted that “the youths had one message- that Omeje does not deserve to be re-elected as chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area based on non-performance.

“They also believe that the party has not opened up the political space in Nsukka to allow all the aspirants to test their popularity in a primary election.”

The source further stated that the youths were arrested by men of the Udenu Police Division when they attempted to head towards Orba, the hometown of the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

“They were arrested and taken to the Police Station in Obollo-Afor; from there, they were moved to the State CID later in the evening, alongside the mock-coffin with which they were protesting.

“I don’t know when it became a crime for people to express their opinion in a peaceful protest,” the source who craved anonymity added.

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