Police react to reports of arrested suspects in Ebonyi crisis escaping

The Ebonyi State Police Command has denied reports that some suspects arrested in connection with the Effium/Ezza-Effium intra communal crisis have escaped from its custody. 

Liveth Odeh, the state Police spokesman, described the reports as mischievous, NAN reports.

In a statement she signed and issued on Sunday, Odeh stressed that the report was aimed at creating panic across the state.

According to her, “The attention of the police command in Ebonyi has been drawn to a rumour making waves on social media platform/print media that suspects arrested in connection with the Effium/Ezza-Effium intra communal crisis have escaped from police custody.

“The command perceives such rumour as unfounded, mischievous and baseless. It is an attempt to create panic in the minds of people in Ebonyi, mislead the reading public and distract the command”. 

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Odeh said there was no record of cell break or escape of either those arrested and handed over to the police in connection with the Effium/Ezza-Effium community crisis, or suspects involved in any other case within the command.

“It may interest the public to know that the Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi, Mr Aliyu Garba, visited Effium/Ezza-Effium community alongside the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi, Dr Eric Kelechi Igwe on April 3.

“Also in the entourage was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division Enugu, to inspect troops and mobile policemen deployed to the area as the ongoing crisis has defied many peace processes initiated by the Ebonyi government.

“During the visit to one of the Effium villages, Okpoduma, some suspected Effium indigenes were arrested and not machineries as widely speculated.

“A search within their surroundings by the security officers led to the recovery of five dane guns, one locally-made pistol and some cartridges.

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“The suspects and all recovered exhibits are currently with the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for discrete investigations,” the PPRO said

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