Sit-at-home: Police nab 15 suspects over shooting in Ebonyi

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The Police in Ebonyi on Friday announced the arrest of 15 persons suspected to be involved in the shooting by alleged members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Tuesday at the new market and Ishieke axis of the state.

The suspects while trying to enforce the seven days sit-at-home order by IPOB, shot sporadically at residents, preventing many from leaving their homes.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Faleye Olayele told reporters in Abakaliki that among the 15 suspects arrested from hideouts, were two herbalists, Okwudili Otozi and Nnenna Ali.

“They have attacked our area commander and burnt our vehicle. They have been terrorizing the state. On July 4, they came to Ishieke firing sporadically and that was on Tuesday.

“I want to tell you that 15 of them have been apprehended, together with their herbalists. We recovered arms and charms of different kinds.

Olayele said the suspects were preparing for another attack on Friday when they were arrested by the police.

“This shows that our officers are dedicated to their duties; the arrest was made possible by our men through the information we got.

While warning all criminal elements to steer clear of Ebonyi, the Police said one of the herbalists arrested claimed he was forced to join the gang.

“I did not know that they wanted to operate in Ebonyi; they came to me and requested medicine and I gave it to them, after which they forced me to join them in the bush for further preparations.

“Please, I was forced to follow them after I gave them the medicine,” Otozi claimed. NAN

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