Two arrested in Ebonyi for planting IEDs


Two people Mr Nweke Kingsley and Mr Uwakwe Chijoke have been arrested for allegedly planting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on ugwuogo Idembia bridge in Ezza south local government area of Ebonyi state.

Governor David Umahi disclosed this on Friday in a special security broadcast.

The Governor said that the arrest followed intelligence reports that some members of a political party were planning to bomb bridges and other installations in the state.

He further disclosed that the two suspects were arrested by members of neighborhood watch; the local security outfit of the state and handed to the police.

He said: “A report came to me as Chief Security officer of this state that a House of Assembly candidate went to quarry site to buy explosives and the people came and reported to us, they refused to sell to him. We had to immediately report to the security agencies.

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“Subsequently, four hours later, we got information that a meeting was held and it was agreed to plant explosives in hotels, in flyovers and bridges including bridges built by past administration in the state.

“While we were still examining the authenticity of the information, commissioner for internal security called to say that the community and Neighbourhood Security Watch apprehended two people that have succeeded in planting explosives at Idembia bridge.

“They have been apprehended and sent to the Army and the Army has sent them to the police. They are currently being investigated.

Meanwhile the police spokesperson ASP Loveth Odah confirmed the report and said that the anti-bomb  unit has been dispatched to rid the area of all explosives. She confirmed their names to be Mr Nweke Kingsley from Ishielu and Uwakwe Chijoke from Ikwo.



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