Hemp smokers beat policeman to death in Enugu

Nigerian police

A policeman has been clubbed to death in Enugu for attempting to apprehend some hoodlums smoking Indian hemp, the state police command has confirmed.

The incident reportedly took place at about 5pm on Saturday at the popular New Artisan Market within Enugu metropolis.

Hoodlums, who were intoxicated with the hard drugs, overpowered the policeman and then used hard objects to club him to death.

It comes two days after an irate mob lynched a Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) in Apapa, Lagos.

Reacting, the Enugu command’s spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, said that the police had begun massive crackdown and investigation into the matter.

“We are saddened with the development that we lost one of our own in the line of duty.

“It is unfortunate that at this age, people still engage in maiming law enforcement officers meant to protect and ensure they live peacefully in their neighbourhoods.

“We have launched investigation into the matter.

“The command would unravel what happened and deal with the culprits decisively,” he said.