‘Ebubeagu operatives beat top APC Chieftain to coma’
Some operatives of Ebubeagu Security Outfit in Ebonyi have allegedly unleashed terror on the State Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Hon. James Nwite, the immediate past member Board of Directors, Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority.
Nwite, the pioneer member of the APC and presently, the Secretary General of the Forum of the Ebonyi Federal Board Appointees was reportedly beat to coma by some members of the security outfit over something he knew nothing about and demanded one hundred thousand Naira (N100,000) from him, or risking being killed by his attackers, the alleged members of Ebubeagu security outfit.
Nwite who owns one of the State tabloid, called Golden Truth Newspapers operating and managing by his men in Abakaliki is an easy going man and a great supporter of Governor Umahi led government and his next level presidential bid.
In anonymity, eyewitness narrated: “Hon Nwite received calls from somebody that claimed that he is a brother from Abakallki Local Government Area, that wanted to see him.
“The person told him to meet him at Ugwuachara at Chief Augustine Elechi’s residence, the State Chairman of National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners, NANTMP.
“When they saw him sitting and discussing with the man, they bounced on him, brushed him down and started beating him mercilessly without asking him the offence he committed.
“The man Chief Ekechi was astonished over the manner of the Ebubeagu who entered his compound without greeting him and started beating his visitor (Nwite).
“He was helpless as the man brought the money they demanded when he saw they were trying to sneak life out of him after receiving the money to stop beating him
“They started narrating his offence that he used his Fryo Integrated Company to print herbal license receipt which he claimed that Ebonyi State Government gave him contract of collecting license from traditional herbal healers, but fortunately to Hon Nwite, the man Chief Augustin Ekechi he visited is the state Chairman of National Association of Nigerian Traditional Medicine Practitioners, who is aware of those responsible in collecting the herbal license.
“He told them that Hon Nwite is Innocent and mentioned names of those involved, that the NANTMP has raised alarm over the illegal collection of license among their members, that Hon Nwite knew nothing about what they are beating him for.
“But before they find out the truth the man was already unconscious and was rushed to hospital.”
At the time of filing the report Hon Nwite could not speak because he was unconscious, but a reliable source, revealed that the incident had been reported to the office of the Special Security Consultant to the state government.
Confirming the report, the Special Assistant to Ebonyi State Govenor on Internal Security, Mr Ikechukwu Eze said the information has reached his office but stated that the attackers were never members of Ebubeagu security outfit in the state.
Eze who assured of getting the attackers arrested before Tuesday next week, promised to furnish their names to our correspondent as soon as possible.
But the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, when contacted said that she was not aware of the incidence.
However, Ebonyi residents have urged the state government to do more work to fish out the bad eggs among the Ebubeagu Security operatives, as some of them remained hell bent on painting black, the security outfit since its establishment to help in reducing crimes in the state.