Terrorists Plan to Bomb Ebonyi State Exposed, Gov Umahi orders for full investigation
Terrorists Plan to Bomb Ebonyi State Exposed,
Gov Umahi orders for full investigation
By Angela Nwaeze
Two suspected terrorists were on February 15, 2019 arrested by youths of Ikwuato idembia in Ezza North local government area of Ebonyi state.
The suspects were allegedly caught with dynamites and other explosive devices and they had already dug a hole and planted the devices all over Ugwuogo Bridge in the community, built by former Governor Martin Elechi.
The development was revealed by the chief security and governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, while briefing newsmen on the security situation of the state just twenty four hours to the presidential and national assembly elections at the government house Abakaliki.
He stated that they got information on February 14, 2019, from intelligent gathering that some desperate politicians contesting in the election and seeking power at all cost went to some of quarry industries within the state requesting to buy explosive devices.
But those at Umuoghara quarry site refused selling it to them but instead, reported the incident to the state government.
Umahi said shortly after that, another report came in about two national assembly candidates shooting sporadically during their ward campaigns at Ezza North local government area, while police also arrested another member with a short gun in his possession.
He said that the intelligent report stated that the terrorists were also out to blast hotels and bridges built by both his predecessor and himself.
Gov. Umahi further revealed that the suspects that were arrested in Idembia were handed over to the military who in turn handed them over to the police for thorough investigation and prosecution.
He warned that election is not a do or die affair and that no office worth’s the blood of anybody.
The governor charged the security operatives in the state to arrest and prosecutes anyone who violates the law in spite of political affiliation and position, stating that the law is a respecter of no one, while commending them for their neutrality.
Earlier, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, the state Commissioner for Internal Security, accused the opposition political party in the state of mobilizing the hoodlums to undertake such wicked act.
“I was alerted that three boys were seen within Ugwuogo Bridge in Ikwuato Idembia, Ezza South LGA of Ebonyi State. Two were arrested but one escaped and the two on the process it was discovered that they had planted explosive device at the middle of Ugwuogo Bridge and the boys immediately rounded them up and through that process I invited the police.
“I invited the CP, they went there and discovered the devices,” he added
Dr. Ugbala gave the names of the suspects as Chijioke Uwakwe, 24-years old from Ndufu Echara in Ikwo LGA of Ebonyi State, and Nweke Kingsley from Umuhuali of Ishielu LGA of Ebonyi State, 33-years old.
He also stated that with the help of security agencies and police and his office they moved them to Ebonyi State police command for further investigation.
He urged security agencies to keep proper surveillance on all the critical infrastructures in the state like the flyover bridges, the event centres, the bridges of unity across the state, noting that from the suspects’ confession, they were not the only group that others were equally on the same assignment.
Dr. Ugbala maintained that the whole scenario of the recent happenings in the state was looking like people going for war not election, stressing that the critical infrastructure like the bridge and other things built in the state are serving the members of the public.
He wondered what the hoodlums have in mind in destroying those things, while describing the act as a terrorist attack believing that after police investigation, the law will take its course accordingly.