Four policemen from Nnewi Area Command of the Anambra state command had to run for their dear lives to escape an angry mob which was set on avenging an alleged harassment and intimidation meted out to a motorcyclist.
The policemen who are said to be posted to Eme Court Road junction by Owerri road had reported for duty and were carrying out their duty of controlling traffic at about 8.45am when one of them sighted a cyclist without registration number.
An eyewitness who identified himself as JohnBull Johnson said that one of the policeman flagged the offending motorcyclist down and he humbly complied but demanded to know why he was prevented from continuing his journey.
Johnson continued, “the next we saw was that one of the policemen on the other side of the road ran to the cyclist and attempted to forcefully pull him away from his bike but the offending cyclist stood his ground.
“Then the policeman brought out his small tear gas container and sprayed on his eyes three times while other onlookers got angry and started stoning the policeman and his colleagues with stones and other missiles.
“In fact the policemen had to run for their dear lives as the angry mob wanted to do something untoward to the policemen for assaulting and tear gassing an innocent person. People are angry because the policemen are not there at that hour to impound motorcycles but to ensure free flow of traffic.”
Johnson further said that the annoying aspect of the whole drama was that the policemen after sometime returned to their duty post but came back with another officer who was then armed with AK47.
However, all efforts to get the reaction of the Area Commander was not successful as he did not pick him mobile phone when our correspondent called