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Man in mask sets house ablaze in Enugu

THE police in Enugu have commenced investigation into the alleged arson at Umuopu, Enugu Ezike in Igbo-Eze North local government area of Enugu state where a house, two motorcycles and an electric generating set were set ablaze.

Four persons have also been apprehended by the police at Nsukka for allegedly vandalizing Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN armoured cable.

The state police public relations officer for Enugu state command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the two incidents said one Chidi Onyeke of Umuopu Enugu-Ezike reported at about 9.50 am yesterday that while he was away to Umuida, a man in a mask came to his house, poured petrol in his house and later set the house ablaze without any cause.

According to the police spokesman, Onyeke further reported that the entire building and personal property including two motorcycles and an electric generator, which values were yet to be determined by press time yesterday, were completely razed.  Although no life was lost in the incident, the police said thorough investigations would be carried out with a view to identifying the person behind the mask as well as his reason for committing such a dastardly act.

In another development, the state police command said its operatives at Nsukka Division have apprehended four persons alleged to have been involved in the incessant vandalization of power cables.

The arrest of the suspects was made possible through the partnership that existed between the police and members of the Neighborhood watch group of Lejja community in Nsukka.

Amaraizu said the suspects who gave their names as Eze Chiekweiro, Akweke Jonas, Omeje Tochukwu and Ezeugwu Chika were arrested by the security operatives on April 3, 2012 at Lejja while vandalizing the cables.

He said that the suspects were already helping the police in their investigations, adding that they would be charged to court as soon as ongoing investigations into their activities were concluded.


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