The NGO has appealed to the Enugu governor over high handedness by officials in the state

The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN), an organisation made up of 46 civil society groups spread across Nigeria, has petitioned Enugu governor, Sullivan Chime, over what it called the intimidation, assault and extortion by operatives of Enugu State Waste Management Authority (ESWAMA). 

In a petition endorsed by NOPRIN?s Programme and Advocacy coordinator, Okechukwu Nwaguma, the organisation expressed serious concern about reports of the uncivil, brutal and lawless methods allegedly employed by ESWAMA in the conduct of their operations and asked the Governor of Enugu State to call the operatives of the agency to order.

NOPRIN cited a particular case of assault and abduction of one Ms. Ukaoma Nma, a staff member of South Saharan Social Development Agency, a nonprofit organisation located at Gbujas Plaza, 55 Chime Avenue, New Haven, Enugu, by ESWAMA, describing the act as brigandage.

A member of Staff of ESWAMA was alleged to have invaded the premises of South Saharan Social Development Agency on August 29 2012, assaulted and abducted Ms. Ukaoma Nma for her organisation?s nonpayment of waste disposal fees despite the fact that no bill had ever been sent to the organisation and the office was located in a Plaza where service charge was being paid.

All pleas to release the lady was said to have fallen on deaf ears and the organisation was left with no option but to pay the sum of N65, 000 demanded by ESWAMA, just to ensure they did not take their staff member to prison.

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