The Nigerian police have arrested some masquerades in Nsukka, Enugu state for allegedly way laying a bike passenger along Obollo-afor road and snatching 53,000 thousand naira from him.
According to a police source,
“The escorts of the masquerade however ran away.
“There were eight masquerades. They blocked the Nsukka/Obollo-Afor road and harassed people.
“The two arrested masquerades however denied collecting the N57,000 from Ezewaji but claimed they know the person who collected the money from the victim.
“When we searched one of the arrested masquerade, we saw Indian hemp in his pocket.”
However, according to the state police public relations officer, Mr. Ebere Amarizu, masquerades have no right blocking highways and extorting people. He further added that the situation is being investigated.
“The Police are not against the people practising their tradition and culture but community leaders must know the character of people they allow to wear costumes of masquerade in the name of culture.
“A masquerade has no right to mount road block on busy highways where motorists, motorcyclists and other road users move on daily basis.
“The police have commenced investigation and will get to the root of this matter as issues of masquerade disturbing people have become a recurring decimal,” he said.