By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—AN indigene of Amasiri community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Mr Ikiri Okugo was Friday arrested by the Ebonyi State Police Command for allegedly inflicting severe machete cuts on a police officer (name withheld).
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP George Okafor who disclosed this in Abakaliki noted that Police Area Command office in Afikpo received a distress call of a clash between some groups in the area on February 23, 2016.
According to him, “the Area Commander instructed the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, of the area to investigate the matter as the police discovered that the group had escaped.”
The team visited the traditional ruler of the area who took them to the home of the prime suspect and knocked at door while announcing its presence.
The PPRO said: “Okugo who is the father of the alleged kingpin opened the door and descended on an officer, knocking him down and inflicting on him deep machete cuts in the process.”
He noted that other officers swooped on him and took him to the station as they discovered that other groups had clashed at a bar belonging to one Mrs Esther.
“They destroyed Esther’s property and escaped by the time the officers arrived, as we cannot establish any case of cult clash and death because we did not see any corpse,” he said.
He noted that the matter was being expected at the police headquarters in Abakaliki for investigation.
Vanguard learned that the wounded officer is responding to treatment at the Mater Misericaordea Hospital, Afikpo.