Police confirm killing of 2 officers in Aba, as gunmen attack Abia CommissionerTension heightened in Enugu State, yesterday, following the alleged killing of three residents by an anti-riot police squad, which forcefully wanted to stop traders at Ogbete Main Market protesting the lock-up of 106 shops and two banks by the Enugu State Government, even as the Abia State Command of the Nigeria Police, also yesterday, confirmed the killing of two of its personnel in Aba, by yet to be identified gunmen.The Enugu traders were protesting against the sealing of their shops by the state government for their compliance with last Monday’s sit-at-home order, issued by the Finland-based Simon Ekpa.The traders said they were afraid to come to the markets because there was no visible security personnel from their different areas to embolden them to come out.It was also learnt that many other traders sustained various degrees of gun injuries.Recall that the Enugu State government, on Monday, sealed the shops of traders who did not open their shops on Monday.An eyewitness narrated that the aggrieved Ogbete traders were protesting peacefully in the market environment, over the illegal sealing of their shops, before the police intercepted them and started shooting in the air.According to them: “We are angry. To open shop is not by force. State Government should leave us alone to do our business.”One of the traders, popularly known as Lasisi, told our correspondent that “they have been shooting and killing people in the market here. The traders started protesting here because those whose shops were closed, because of the sit-at-home, were asked to pay money before their shops will be reopened. They said they will not part with any money and that was how the protest started.“The protesters started making bonfires on the roads and the police moved armoured tanks into the market, started indiscriminate shooting and killing people. Some got bullet injuries and others got different forms of wounds. Teargas was being shot and pandamonium ensured,” he narrated.In a bid to douse tension and maintain peace, the police deployed armoured personnel carriers around the market and other strategic locations.In a statement later, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Daniel Ndukwe, said that even as he did not have a comprehensive report on the matter, normalcy was returning to the market and that the police were still there to maintain peace.“Normalcy has been restored at Ogbete Market Enugu and its surroundings, following the report of protest by some traders over the sealing of their shops by the State Government and their attempt to force others, whose shops were not sealed, to close theirs and the entire market closed. The initially peaceful protest was hijacked and made to become violent. “Traders in the market and citizens alike have been pleaded with to remain law-abiding, peaceful and cooperative, while using approved channels to express their grievances.“Full-scale investigation has been initiated on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, while further development, especially as it concerns reports of casualties being circulated, will be communicated as soon as possible, please,” Daniel Ndukwe, the command’s spokesman, said.In his reaction, former Chairman of the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, Dr. Josef Onoh said that he was among the people that tried in the last dispensation to dissuade the Enugu residents from complying with the sit-at-home order but were unsuccessful.Onoh however gave credit to Governor Peter Mbah’s administration for his fight to ensure that the sit-at-home order is not complied with again in the state, alleging that political opponents of the government were probably sabotaging the state Governor’s determination.“Peter Mbah’s efforts against sit-at-home are being sabotaged by some political elements in the state. He has shown more interest in combating the menace of sit-at-home and has brought to purview the financial loss the state is incurring in the futile exercise. Sadly, some political characters and some that lost their elections are using the sit-at-home to frustrate Peter Mbah,” Onoh alleged.