Two persons yesterday sustained severe injuries when some hoodlums attacked officials of the Anambra state Board of Internal Revenue at the popular Aba Motor park at the Upper Iweka area of the commercial city of Onitsha.
The fierce looking thugs invaded the park in the early hours of yesterday morning, wielding dangerous weapons and chanting war songs critical of the government. They charged at everyone in sigh, brutalizing the revenue agents who were already collecting revenue in the park for the state government.
In his reaction, the chairman of the Association of Anambra State Park Agents, Chief Albert Ibekwe, told reporters shortly after the incident when normalcy had been restored, accused some local government officials who he alleged had been working behind the scene to take over the parks and revenue collection of masterminding the assault.
He also alleged the hoodlums invaded his members with some members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, who chased everybody away from the parks.
He disclosed that the Ogbaru local government youths were fighting each other for the control of the park. He pointed out that, “we have it on good authority that officials of the council are supporting some of the youths to take over the parks of our members in the area”
And that some unscrupulous local government officials had printed receipts in a bid to sack the original park agents, alleging that they had gone to the extent of securing bail for the two suspects earlier arrested by the police in connection with the crisis in the area.