The Vice-Chairman of Ikwo Local Government of Area of Ebonyi State, Mr. Sunday Ogba, has been arrested by the state police command for allegedly
masterminding the robbery and rǻpe of one Mrs. Margret Elom and her two daughters (names withheld).
Addressing journalists in Abakaliki yesterday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Sylvester Igbo,
said the arrest of the vice-chairman was as a result of the confessional statement made by one of suspects, Mr. Sunday Nwaokponku, who was
arrested for his alleged involvement in the rǻpe saga.
He said: “One Mrs. Margret Elom, was robbed of her N50, 000 and one motorcycle with nine different cell
phones. In the process of robbing the woman, two of her daughters were rǻped by the hoodlums at gun
“When the matter was reported to the police, the command was able to arrest one of the suspects, Mr. Chidi Eze, who was later arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court 2 sitting in Abakaliki on August13, 2013. “Based on the statement given by the suspect, the police went in search of the man,
who was identified as Hon. Ogba Sunday, the vicechairman of Ikwo Local Government Area.
“We got him arrested, but in his statement to the police, he said it was a frame up and that it was politically motivated. “We are still investigating the case, after which, if we discovered that he was set up, we will set him free. But if it is true that he committed the act, he will be taken to court where
he can defend himself,” he said. Meanwhile, it was gathered that Governor Martin Elechi was interested in the rǻpe case and had invited the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dikko
Maigari, for further briefing on the matter. A source close to the governor, who did not want his name mentioned, said the image of Ikwo Local
Government Area, the home town of Elechi, is at stake, adding that the governor would take a drastic
action to see that justice is served.
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