Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
Four suspects have been arrested over the killing of two Ebubeagu Security Outfit operatives in Ebonyi State.
Commander of the Security outfit, Friday Nnanna confirmed the arrests on Monday.
The two Ebubeagu members were shot dead at the popular Ebebe Junction, along Ogbaga Road in Abakaliki on Friday night.
Mr Nnana said that the suspects have been handed over to the police for further investigation.
He said: “On a strong routine patrol last night, we caught the killer of the two members of Ebubeagu Security Outfit who lost their lives at a checkpoint at Ebebe junction in Abakaliki.”
One of the suspects, Simon Ebube who hailed from Ehamufu, Enugu State, confessed to the crime.
He said: “My name is Ebube Simon from Enugu State. I am from Ehamufu. It was Boss that said we should follow him. We saw an Ebubeagu operatives and macheted him. After we macheted the Ebubeagu person, he now died.
“We were six that carried out the dastardly act. Our names are Boss, Marvife, Audu, myself and Junior. One of us sustained injury while we were running. Chekwube was the person that said he will attack Ebubeagu at the check point.
“The State Government should be merciful towards me. If I repeat such again let them killed me.”
Meanwhile, three suspected street lights cable vandals were on Sunday night arrested by members of Ebubeagu security while on routine patrol in Nkaliki axis of Abakaliki.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Internal security, Panchris Ikechukwu, said, his men have been on the trail of those street lights cable vandals but luck ran out of them when they were intercepted along Nkaliki while conveying the vandalised cable to their buyer.
One of the suspects, who gave his name as Chinecherem Okpara from Imo State confessed to have been in the act for over one year.
Another suspect, Chiagozie John from Iboko in Izzi Local Government Area, said he has been in the act of cutting the street lights amoured cables for the past six months.
The third suspect, Henry Elechi from Ezza South said they have stolen cables at Ishieke, Azugwu, Mile 50, Nkaliki and other parts of the state.
They pleaded for forgiveness from the state government promising not to ever engage in the act again.
Mr Ikechukwu Eze, said the criminals usually cut the cables, roll them in a tyre to confuse the security and the public from noticing what they are carrying.
He vowed that Ebonyi State will remain a hot zone for criminals to operate.
The three suspects have been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.