Youths on rampage over alleged murder of bamboo thief in Ebonyi

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Crisis broke out in Akaeze community in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Sunday as youths in their thousands went on rampage over the alleged murder of one Nnaogo Akpoke Anyim, by suspected members of Ebubeagu security outfit.

It was gathered that the victim was accused of stealing a bamboo from the community and was arrested by a team of Ebubeagu in Ivo LGA.

The youths, however, accused the Ebubeagu security outfit of masterminding the murder of the victim, Anyim, who according to them, was last seen tied and kept close to a security van while Ebubeagu operatives were seen beating him.

It was gathered that the irate youths went on rampage on Sunday, took to the streets to protest the murder of their colleague and started destroying properties worth millions of naira in the community.

Investigation revealed that the youths, angered by the development, set some houses belonging to the council chairman of Ivo LGA, Mr. Onyebuchi Ogbadu, and other valuable properties worth millions of naira on fire.

A reliable source that hailed from Akaeze community, told newsmen that: “There’s an uprising in Akaeze. Youths attack Ebubeagu and everyone implicated in the recent gruesome murder of someone in Akaeze. Nnaogo Akpoke Anyim was murdered yesterday 18/01/2022 by the members of Ebubeagu security outfit in Akeze ivo LGA, Ebonyi State.

“Ebubeagu operatives killed a youth in the area. The Akaeze youths after their meeting went peacefully to the Chairman of Ivo to ask him to assist them in producing the killer of the victim.

“The practice by the youth is a normal thing but the chairman escalated the incident, which led to the youths taking laws into their hands. As it stands now, the military has taken over the community in order to maintain law and order.”

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, promised to call the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Ivo LGA and will make a detailed statement on the matter.

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