The Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurrahman, said this on Wednesday when he paraded before newsmen, 23 suspects arrested for their alleged roles in the violence.
Abdurrahman said the command recovered 13 machetes, a bag containing 36 mobile phones, charms, a gun and N26,175 cash from the suspects.
He said the suspects were arrested in different parts of Enugu metropolis during the protest.
“They were arrested for alleged riotous acts, murder, arson, armed robbery, malicious damage, stealing, obstruction and breach of public peace, amongst other violent crimes,” Abdurrahman said.
The police boss also alleged that the hoodlums burnt down at least five police stations and other properties.
He said, “Emene Police Station was razed down along with two operational Hilux Vans and other vehicles and exhibits.
“Amechi-Idodo Police Station, Akwatta Police Post under the Central Police Station, Maryland Police Post under Uwani Police Division and Phase 6 Police Post, under Trans-Ekulu Police Division, were all burnt down.”
“The National Identity Management Commission office building, Emene, was set ablaze.
“Njodo Development Centre, Emene and the Enugu North Local Government Council Secretariat’s security house were burnt, while some office buildings were also destroyed.
“The University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus’ security house was vandalised,” he said, adding that the hoodlums also vandalised some banks and business premises in the area.
Abdurrahman said the command was ready to carry out the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to reclaim public space and restore normalcy.
“I have directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Heads of Tactical and Operational Departments to comply with and enforce the directive to the letter.
“I wish to appreciate the peaceful residents, who have supported us and urge the youths to remain law-abiding and support the command.
“There is no doubt that as a people, we have gone through unquantifiable stress and trauma these past few days.
“But I urge us all to remain calm, vigilant, prayerful and ensure we do not allow these disgruntled and criminal elements to further wreak havoc,” he said.