Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
Gunmen have killed another operative of the Ebubeagu security outfit in Ebonyi State.
The operative, Iboko Christian, was allegedly killed on Thursday night by unknown gunmen.
The victim was said to have been a graduate who joined Ebubeagu due to his inability to secure a job after graduation.
He was said to have been attacked by the gunmen who trailed him to his house in Nduogbuovu community in Izzi Local Government Area of the state.
The lawmaker representing Izzi East Constituency in Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Anthony Nwegede, confirmed the killing.
The Lawmaker, who is an ally of the slain Ebubeagu operative, said the attackers robbed him of some money and his motorcycle before killing him.
Mr. Nwegede who condemned the killing said the matter has been reported to the police for investigation.
His death comes barely a week after a commander of the security outfit was killed in Ezza North LGA.
In January, another member of the Security outfit, identified as Sunday Nwafor, was shot dead by gunmen and then beheaded in Ekpelu, Ikwo Local Government Area of the state.
Also in January, another member of the security outfit, Ifeanyi Orogbo, was killed and his remains partially burnt by the assailants
He was killed in Igweledeoha, Amagu, in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state.
Ebubeagu was set up by the South-East governors to complement the efforts of the police and other security agencies in checking the rising crime wave in the region.
Of the five south-eastern states, only Ebonyi and Imo states have inaugurated the outfit.
Despite their presence in both states, security situation in the region has continued to get worse.
Attacks on Security agents and facilities as well as notable personalities in the region have continued unabated.
Many Police stations were attacked in Imo State last week with casualties recorded.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency’s (NDLEA), head office in Ebonyi was attacked last month with about four casualties recorded.
Similarly, the country home of Professor George Obiozor, President-General of Ohanézè Ndígbo, a socio-cultural group in the region, was razed by gunmen in Imo State last month.
The attacks have been blamed on the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, whose Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is being detained by Nigerian Government.
Mr. Kanu is on trial on allegations of terrorism and treason.
He and IPOB, the group he leads, have continued to deny any responsibility for the said attacks.