Over 50 youths in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state yesterday attacked the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. David Egbu, during a monthly sanitation exercise at the popular Ezzamgbo Junction in the council.
The commissioner was attacked by some motor park touts and artisans at the popular junction while monitoring the sanitation exercise in the state and its environs.
Also, journalists of different national and local media organisations, environmental Task-force team and others who joined the commissioner to monitor the exercise were attacked with varying degrees of injuries.
The touts vandalised the commissioner’s official vehicle and wounded an official of Elite security agency while others scampered for safety.
THISDAY gathered that trouble started when the team arrived the Ezzamgbo junction motor park to monitor the level of compliance of the people to the monthly sanitation exercise and on getting there, the taskforce team observed that people were carrying out their commercial activities, and stopped and confiscated their equipment.
“On getting to the junction, the commissioner observed that people were carrying out their commercial activities, unrestricted. On sighting the Commissioner and his team, most of them ignored him and continued their business, the commissioner ordered that they be stopped and their equipment confiscated.
“The security agents and the task-force confiscated some vulcanizing machines and carried them into the Hilux Van of the Commissioner but immediately, a man suspected to be the Chairman of the park ordered his boys to bring down the confiscated machines.
“Immediately, over 50 touts and artisans besieged the task-force team and surrounded the Commissioner’s vehicle and started bringing down the machines. When the team attempted stopping them, the touts ran inside the park, carried stones, log of woods, axe, machete and other dangerous weapons and attacked the team,” THISDAY further learnt.
Caption: Hon. Yomi Ogunnusi