BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AN Awka-based businessman, Mr. Ikenna Ezenekwe, has been detained by men of the State Security Service, SSS, in Anambra State over an allegation that he tried to defraud the House of Reps candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia constituency, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, N6 million to stop the publication of a story in the internet.
State Director of SSS, Mr. Joshua Yakubu, who confirmed the arrest and detention of Ezenekwe to reporters in Awka yesterday, said the suspect was arrested at about 1.00 am on Sunday at the residence of Ekwunife where he had allegedly gone for the money.
Though reporters could not have access to the accused, his private car was seen at the premises of the SSS in Awka.
It was gathered that when Ezenekwe confronted Ekwunife with the allegation, she contacted the police who in turn invited the SSS and the suspect was subsequently arrested.
Yakubu said: “Mrs. Ekwunife telephoned us and followed it up with a petition and along the line, the man fell into our trap.
“So, it is true that he is being detained and we are still investigating the matter. For now, we cannot say if he is guilty or not, but the allegation was that Ezenekwe approached her and demanded N6 million to stop a publication in the internet.
“We have impounded his laptop and collected his telephones and we are still doing technical investigation, including analyzing the telephones analysing the telephones and laptop to know what they have been used for.” It was also gathered that the suspect would appear in court as soon as investigations were completed.
The SSS boss warned against extortion which appears to be on the increase and urged victims to report immediately to enable his men follow up with investigations.