10 arrested for allegedly setting ablaze LG chair’s’ house in Ebonyi…
The Police in Ebonyi on Tuesday arrested 10 persons for allegedly setting ablaze the house of chairman of Abakaliki Local Government Area, Emmanuel Nwangele.
The suspects, it was further gathered, also burnt down Bosco Guest House, Abakaliki, owned by the chairman’s Special Assistant on Internally-Generated Revenue, Okechukwu Onyibe, as well as his house.
A source said trouble started when Onyibe allegedly took operatives of a local unit of Ebubeagu at Ebyia-Unphu community, in the Abakaliki council area, to arrest someone suspected to be guilty of an alleged crime.
It was alleged that the suspect was beaten to death by the Ebubeagu operatives in the area on Monday.
Angry youths from the community where the suspect hailed from, mobilised and burnt down Nwangel’s residence.
The youths also went to Hatchery Road, Abakaliki, and burnt Bosco Guest House, owned by Onyibe.
It was further gathered that when men of the Nigerian Police, Army and Ebubeagu who were drafted to the scene to disperse the irate youths started shooting into the air, the Pastor of Glorious Gospel Assembly, Emeka Ogbonna, who was observing morning devotion in his flat upstairs, was hit by a stray bullet and he died instantly.
The Assistant Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Levi Philip, in a statement, confirmed the arrest on Wednesday.