Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
A Chinese expatriate has reportedly been attacked and shot dead in Ebonyi State.
Details of the attack were still sketchy as at the time of this report, but sources said the incident happened at a mining site at Iboko, in Izzi Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.
Policemen who were protecting the Chinese were reportedly disarmed by the hoodlums during the attack.
The corpse was said to have been deposited at a mortuary in Abakaliki, the state capital.
The Chairman of Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Steve Emenike, confirmed the incident.
He expressed displeasure over the development, describing the incident as a national embarrassment.
According to him, the hoodlums came on motorbikes to cause mayhem in Otam village of the LGA.
He said the LGA has already swung into action by reconstituting a formidable vigilante group, and banned the operation of motorbikes between the hours of 7p.m and 6a.m until further notice.
“We are working with security agencies, including the Police and DSS to nip the ugly incident in the board and ensure the arrest of all the suspects involved.
“We can no longer accept or tolerate this spate of insecurity. Izzi LGA is peaceful and we intend to sustain that peace for the wellbeing of our people.”
Police spokesperson in Ebonyi State, Chris Anyanwu, said his office was yet to be notified about the ugly incident.
“I believe the signal will come in tomorrow,” he said.