There was pandemonium on Wednesday at two motor parks close to the New Auto Spare parts Market, Nkpor along the Enugu/Onitsha in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State arising from heavy shootings from masked security operatives.
Eyewitnesses said the shootings, which started at about 1 p.m., caused a stampede at the market, as traders hurriedly locked their shops and ran for safety.
It was gathered that many people sustained varying degrees of injuries as they scampered to safety.
Sources said trouble began in the area when some security operatives on masks stormed the area and attempted to forcefully eject the people living near the Amafor Community, who claimed to be the bonafide owners of the land where the motor parks were sited and have been collecting revenues from the parks for both the community and Anambra State Government.
The shootings led to a protest by the villagers who carried placards with various inscriptions.
Chairman of Amafor Village, Nkpor, Sir Emmanuel Idemili, who spoke to journalists, said the federal ministry of works gave the community an authority to manage the two motor parks and collect revenues for the community and the state government which they have been doing.
Idemili claimed the masked security operatives stormed the parks on the directive of the former Chairman of Idemili North Local Government Transition Committee, Chief Raphael Nnabuife, who he said is also an indigene of Nkpor but not from Amafor village which owns the land where the parks are located.