By Achike Amadi, Abakaliki
Men of the Ebonyi State Police Command have arrested a former Vice Chairman of Abakaliki Local Government area, Mr. John Nwofoke and four others for allegedly draining over 450 litres of diesel from generating sets provided by the state government to supply light to the street lights across the state.
The suspects were arrested while they had successfully drained the
diesel from the generating sets at Azugwu sub-station in Abakaliki, the state capital.
But a mild drama ensured thereafter when a hilux vehicle belonging the state Ministry of Power loaded with suspected thugs allegedly came to effect the release of the suspects and were resisted by the policemen and the residents.
It was gathered that the ex council boss who serves as the confidential personal assistant to the state Commissioner for Power, Mr. Emma Uguru is also said to be the man in charge of the supply of the diesel in the Ministry of Power where the ministry is said to be spending over N20 million monthly in the supply of diesel.
However, at the time of this report, there is uneasy calm in the Ministry as the five suspects arrested by the police were allegedly recruited by the Commissioner to supply the diesel and ensure safety
of the installation.
Meanwhile, the suspects have been taken to the Ekumenyi Police Division where they were drilled and detained.
Governor David Umahi while speaking at the state thanksgiving service at the Christ Embassy church, Abakaliki described the incident as serious economic threat.
He warned that the state government will not tolerate any act capable of destroying any installations of the state government.
He said the state government will prosecute the suspects to serve as deterrent to others who may be planning to indulge in such criminality.
It will be recalled that the Ebonyi state Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, (NSCDC) last week arrested a two man gang that specialised in secret sales of government diesel to a cartel in the state.