Delta State Government has called for calm after an attack on officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by some youths suspected to be Internet fraudsters in the Ughelli area of Delta State, where three youths were allegedly killed and 12 trucks burnt.
The youths in Ughelli on Tuesday carried out a protest over the alleged arrest of their members by EFCC officials which later turned bloody.
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said state government had ordered for investigation
Aniagwu said the call had become necessary to make the people not to act outside the law, stressing that everyone, irrespective of status, was under the law.
He said, “The reason is that the EFCC was a creation of law and could operate anywhere in the country, but such must be done within the law.
The state government had order an investigation into the issue, to determine whether the EFCC or the youths acted within the law or not.”
Also, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bright Edafe, on Thursday, said 16 suspects have been arrested in connection to the attack.
He said, “During the attack on EFCC officers, 12 trucks were burned down by the youths. Only one person was shot dead according to the DPO. We have arrested 16 suspects and investigation is ongoing.”
PUNCH Metro gathered that the Chairman of Ughelli North Local Government Council, Mr. Godwin Adode, on Thursday, declared 6:00pm to 6:00am curfew in the Ughelli metropolis following the youth protest which allegedly led to the death of three persons with goods and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.
Adode expressed disappointment over the situation, saying that he was saddened by the action of the youths
The chairman said he was not against peaceful protest, but added that it should be carried out in a peaceful manner.
He appealed to residents of Ughelli to remain calm and go about their businesses in a lawful manner, assuring them that the security agencies were on top of the situation to bring normalcy back to the town.