“Governor David Umahi has confirmed the kidnap and killing of road contractors and policemen working in the Effium community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state.
The five contractors in charge of the Ring Road Effium section were kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the area on November 3, 2021.
The victims identified as Nelson Onyemeh, Stanley Nwazulum, Ernest Edeani, IK Ejiofor and Samuel Aneke, were all Engineers working with Nelan Consultants, an Engineering Firm based in Enugu.
Police officers returning from investigation activities in connection with the abducted engineers were attacked by gunmen said to be Ezza warriors at Igbuduoke village in Effium/Ezza Clan in Ohaukwu on Sunday, November 28.
Police spokesperson, DSP Loveth Odah in a statement noted that two officers were abducted by the hoodlums while three police officers and the member representing Ohaukwu North in the State House of Assembly, Chinedu Awo, luckily escaped the area with different degrees of injuries.
Umahi disclosed the latest development on Tuesday, during a security meeting organised by the state’s founding fathers led by Chief Martin’s Elechi former Governor of Ebonyi, Christian Association of Nigeria among others.
According to the governor, the suspects arrested over the abducted engineers confessed that they have been killed and buried.
The Governor promised to approach the state House of Assembly for the way forward on the chairman of the council and the two house of assembly members from the area.
According to him, even though the perpetrators of the killings and destruction in the area are funded from outside, some stakeholders of the area within the state, also contribute to the funding of the warriors which has caused the crisis to linger.
The governor also sacked two development centre coordinators of Effium community and all the permanent secretaries from the area.
“The coordinators of the two development centres from the area are hereby removed from office while salaries of permanent secretaries from the area are suspended,” he stated.
“Recently, five construction workers on the state’s Ring Road which passes through the area were killed by unknown people and these workers who know nothing about the crisis were here to help the state.
“He said that the suspects arrested over the incident confessed that the workers have been killed and buried and the government in pacifying the affected families, sought to know the location of where they were buried.
“The hoodlums ambushed the security team who went to the area and officers have been reported killed or missing,” he added.
Meanwhile, police PPRO said DSP Bruno Chukwu and two others who sustained bullet wound injuries are currently responding to treatment.
“On 28/11/2021 at about 1340hrs Police Operatives were returning from investigation activities in connection with the three missing engineers who were abducted in the same area on the 3rd of November, 2021 while on Ring Road site project, the statement read.
“The operatives were in the company of Hon. Chinedu Awo a member representing Ohaukwu North Constituency in the State House of Assembly who accompanied the operatives to enable him to dialogue with the warriors at Igbuduoke village in Effium/Ezza clan ‘the warring community’ in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the State.
“They were ambushed by armed Ezza warriors numbering over 60 who attacked them from all flanks but the operatives gallantry fought back, resulting in heavy casualties on the side of the attackers.
“However, DSP Bruno Chukwu and two others sustained bullet wound injuries and are currently responding to treatment, while two police officers by name, Sergeant Donatus Osugwu and Sergeant Thaddeus Ugoeze are suspected to have been abducted by the hoodlums as they were discovered missing in action.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Ebonyi State Command CP. Aliyu Garba led a convoy of about seven teams on reinforcement where they cordoned the forest and searched the village but could not find the missing officers nor the perpetrators.
Efforts are in top gear to ensure the perpetrators are tracked down and arrested.” the police spokesperson said.”
Police Kill Suspected IPOB/ESN Member In Imo, Recover Weapons
In a statement on Saturday, the command’s spokesman, CSP Michael Abattam, explained that the hoodlums, on sighting the police operatives, opened fire on them. One of the hoodlums was neutralized while others scampered into the adjoining bushes fatally injured with gunshot injuries.
The release said, “the proscribed IPOB/ ESN terror group, its militia wing has made a forest at Onicha in Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA of Imo State, their operational base where they go out to perpetrate heinous crimes which include terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery and killing of innocent citizens
“Based on this information, the ever combat-ready Imo Command’s tactical teams, having carried diligent surveillance of the criminal hideouts, on 18/1/2022 at about 1300 hours, stormed the deadly terror camp.”
Items recovered from them on combing the bush and searching the terror camp includes one AK-47 rifle with 40 rounds of live ammunition, 10 locally-fabricated explosives devices, one police hand grenade, two Toyota Highlander SUVs without registration numbers.
Others include one Lexus RX350 SUV without registration number, one Lexus RX330 SUV without registration number, two Biafran flags, different assorted charms, assorted dresses suspected to belong to kidnapped/robbed victims.
The command appealed to the people of the state not to allow criminals to use their community as a safe haven to perpetrate heinous crimes.
It urged them to form vigilante groups/neighbourhood watch associations to complement the efforts of the police and other security agencies, adding that they should report any suspicious persons seen with bullet wounds to the nearest police station or call the command’s emergency numbers 08034773600 or 08098880197
Commending the officers and men for their dedication and gallantry, the Commissioner of Police Imo State, CP Rabiu Hussaini, thanked Imolites for their unalloyed support and assured them of the command’s commitment to ensuring a crime-free state.
Fire Razes Nasarawa Motor Park
According to the NaijaOnPoint Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the fire started on Friday night and lasted till the early hours of Saturday.
It took the personnel of the fire service in the state several hours to put out the fire.
Speaking on the incident, the State Coordinator of the fire service, Mrs Hanatu George, said they got a distress call on Friday night and responded immediately.
George, however, said that although no life was lost, an investigation has begun to ascertain the cause of the fire.
One of the victims of the fire disaster, Ejike Igwe, a car spare parts seller, said his entire shop was razed by the inferno.
Igwe, who said he could not quantify his goods lost to the fire disaster, appealed for assistance from spirited Nigerians.