About five members of the Rivers State Task Force on Illegal Motor Parks and Street Trading were wounded on Thursday morning and are in hospital after they clashed with some hoodlums at the now demolished Trans-Amadi Slaughter Market in Port Harcourt.
Hitvibz gathered that the taskforce officials went to clear the road of street traders by the old Slaughter Market and burn down kiosks, umbrellas, and wooden sticks used to set up stalls on the site of the demolished slaughter market, only to be attacked by some hoodlums.
But, Mr Felix Nwadibeyi, the Coordinator of the Rivers State Taskforce, who confirmed the incident noted that his men were attacked by northerners doing business on the site of the demolished market.
“They went into their worship centre at Slaughter brought out guns, machetes, bottles etc and attacked us,” he said.
Meanwhile, the police and other security agencies were at the scene to restore calm and some persons have reportedly been arrested following the incident.
As of Friday morning, the state Police Command says it has arrested ten persons behind the attack.
Nnamdi Omoni, Spokesman of the Command, who confirmed the arrested noted that they will be prosecuted if the investigation shows that they are responsible.
SP Omoni further clarified that there was no mass arrest, adding that those arrested were at the scene of the attack.