Two masquerades were arrested in Enugu for beating up and stealing from a man.
Two masquerades were arrested in Ovoko Community, Nsukka LGA, Enugu State, for allegedly beating up a passenger on a commercial motorcycle and robbing him of N57,000.
The police moved to the scene of the incident and arrested the two masquerades after the victim, Mr Chinonso Ezewaji, reported the incident to Nsukka Police Area command.
A police source alleged that;
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.
Mr Ebere Amarizu, the Public Relation Officer, Enugu State Police Command, confirmed the incident, saying investigation had commenced on the matter.
He advised local communities to regulate the activities of masquerade, saying that some of the masquerades harass innocent people and even steal from them.
The two masquerades identified themselves as Kenchukwu Eze, a carpenter, and Ejiofor Eze, a brick-layer. They, however, denied the allegation that they stole money from Ezewaji. They claimed that their colleague, Chima Mamah, stole the money.
In traditional Igbo culture and some other cultures in Nigeria, masquerades are believed to be spirits that guided the clan. A stealing masquerade was something unheard of the traditional Nigerian and Africa society.