Police in Ebonyi State have arrested two young men for being in possession of illegal firearms during a solidarity rally by teachers of private schools at the State Secretariat of People’s Democratic Party.
The arrest is coming barely five days after suspected three man gang allegedly shot a man dead under the cover of a similar solidarity rally in Izzi Local Government Area of the State.
The two suspected gun men, Ebuka Ikpe aged twenty five and Pascal Elom who is twenty four years old from Mgbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State were arrested by the police while attempting to force their way into the Secretariat.
Investigations reveal that the police who were acting on a tip off had insisted that all participants in the rally should be thoroughly searched at the gate of the secretariat before moving into the venue.
While others queued up for search, the two suspects decided to slip through the searching point under the cover of a crowd surging forward to enter into the secretariat.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Loveth Odah who confirmed the development, explained that it was at that point that they were arrested, noting that the strategy adopted by the State Command to check proliferation of firearms in the state was paying off.
Mrs Odah stated that police also arrested the Students Union President of Federal College of Agriculture Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Area of the state, Anayo Nwankwo and two others for alleged attack on a police station in the area.
She alleged that the Students Union President and others embarked on violent protest against the police for detaining two male students arrested for assaulting a female student.
Mrs Odah said a suspected mentally deranged woman was also arrested by the Command in Ezeagu in Ishielu Local Government Area of the State for allegedly killing a woman and setting her house ablaze.
Mrs Odah emphasized that the suspects would be charged to court after investigations.