Crisis in Ebonyi, Unknown gunmen, Ebubeagu outfit on rampage


Officials of Ebubeagu security outfit in Ebonyi State (file photo)

Ebubeagu security men torture robbery suspect to death in Ebonyi

By Enyinna Omoke, Abakalili

Residents of Ebonyi State are still living in fears following beheading of an official of government’s security outfit, Ebubeagu, Sunday Nwafor, by “Unknown gunmen” in Ekpelu, Ikwo Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.

Also, some members of the government’s Ebubeagu security outfit in Ivo Local Government Area in the state have  allegedly tortured a  notorious robbery suspect in the area, Nnaogo Akpoke Anyim, to death.

In the Ekpelu incident, over five gunmen stormed the house of Sunday Nwafor, while he was asleep in the night and shot him dead.

It was gathered that the gunmen dragged his body out of his room and cut of his head and took it away.

Reacting on the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.

She said that the DPO of Ikwo police division informed her about the incident. According to her, some gunmen went to one Sunday Nwafor’s house to kill him.

“Sunday Nwafor is about 30 years old and a member of Ebubeagu security outfit, Ikwo Local Government Area. So, the gunmen broke into his room while asleep and shot him dead.

“They dragged the body outside the room and beheaded him.

The wife spoke to policemen. She said that before she heard a gunshot, she over-heard one of the hoodlums telling her husband that he left them in the bush and came back home to enjoy himself by collecting N30, 000 from the government.

“Two of the suspects have been arrested. Investigation is ongoing. This act is barbaric and act of inhumanity. Why are we recording these things in Ikwo? This is coming barely two weeks after recording the other Ebubeagu incident that was also killed in this form and half burnt.”

Also, the Commissioner of Police condemned the killing and has vowed to do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure that the remaining perpetrators were brought to book.

The PPRO also confirmed the torture of  Nnaogo Akpoke Anyim in Akaeze by Ivo Local Government Area operatives of the Ebubeagu security outfit for alleged robbery.

Anyim was tied hands back and tortured with axe by some operatives of the security outfit in the area for alleged robbery, molesting women sexually and other alleged crime. Video of the torture has gone viral on social media.

The PPRO said some victims of the Anyim’s attacks are at the state police clinic receiving treatment and condemned the torture of the suspect which led to his death.

“Nobody has a right to take a life no matter the offence the person has committed. The police in totality condemn jungle justice, self-help, brutality of any kind”, she said

Meanwhile, youths of Akaeze on Sunday reportedly attacked operatives of the security outfit in the area and everyone implicated in the torture and death of Anyim.

It was alleged  that a prominent politician in the area shot two of the attackers which has heightened tension across the community.


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