It was gathered that the Ebonyi State Police Command has arrested seven persons in connection with the murder of a 25 year old man, Ndubisi Nwali.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the victim hailed from Effium, Ohaukwu Local Government area of the state.
The development has heightened tension between the Effium and Ezz-Effium communities of the council where the assailants are suspected to come from.
DSP George Okafor, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, said the victim’s cousin, Uchenna Ochika, reported that the victim visited him on Sept.22.
Ochika alleged that the victim was shot by unidentified gunmen after he saw the victim off.
“The cousin said when he arrived at the shooting scene, he saw six boys running and the victim still writhing in pains and he mentioned the names of those who shot him.
“The victim was quickly rushed to the Sudan Missionary Hospital, Effium, where he later died, though we have arrested seven suspects in connection with the murder.
“The state Commissioner of Police visited the area, interacted with stakeholders and deployed several officers in the area.
“The fear of reprisal attacks has forced people to abandon their homes,” he said.
The PPRO said preliminary investigations showed that the problem was caused by a committee set up by the council’s Caretaker Committee Chairman, Clement Odaa, to safeguard forest reserves in the area.
“We learnt that the chairman gave arms to the committee members which is illegal, as he has no powers to allocate arms to people.
“We have invited him for questions and if he failed to honour the invitation within the period given to him, the law would take its full course,” he said.
He said the commissioner of police had ordered the chairman to ‘fish out’ leaders and members of the committee as efforts would be made to bring all those indicted to book.
“We can confirm that there are no reprisal attacks or incidences of missing persons in both communities as the areas are calm with heavy security presence,” he said.
One of the community leaders, however, claimed that four persons had been declared missing since the incident occurred as they were abducted on their way from morning-church service.