Written by Sunny Nwankwo, Umuahia
Fear is felt in Abi, the commercial nerve of the state of Abia, as the shootings forced a halt to automotive and human activities for several hours.
Occasional shots were heard around the Bata junction in the Aba area command of the Nigerian police station and other parts of the city.
Although the reasons for the shootings have yet to be determined, the assembled staff of the Police Commissioner’s Special Weapons and Tactics Office (SWAT), linked to reinforced wrecked and destroyed cars, belongs to private and commercial transport companies and owners.
Our correspondent gathered at least 15 vehicles smashed by a special CP team.
At the popular Aba General motor park located in Milverton, security operatives allegedly forced people to keep their hands in the air as they passed through the area.
Shops on the popular telephone market on St. Michael’s Road, including hospitals and jubilee roads, were forced to close due to work.
Cars were also barred from accessing roads leading to the Aba area command because police authorities, using improvised metals, placed roadblocks on the road.
Roads leading to the Aba Correctional Facility (located near the Aba Area Command) are closed to traffic in a proactive manner to prevent any attack on the facility.
A resident of Jubilee Road told our correspondent that some operatives of the Nigerian police force, five of them, asked to close their shops so that they would not be caught in a network of possible riots.
A source around the Ama Ogbonna area said: “We have learned that some SWAT staff has come to arrest someone in the Ama Ogbonna area.
“They said they were attacked. While the attack was going on, police personnel allegedly sought reinforcements. Upon arrival at the scene, their colleagues began damaging vehicles and sporadically firing into the air.
“The incident caused confusion because many were running for their safety. Some young people and car owners angered by the situation blocked the Azikiwa axis of Eziukwu Road in protest of police brutality. “
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Geoffrey Ogbonna, did not respond to calls and text messages at the time of filing the report.