By Our Correspondent
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – There are indications that Mr Ibe Casmir, one of the five persons arrested by the police and alleged to have been responsible for burning police station in Imo State on Tuesday may be innocent after all.
One Mr Princewill Ihekwoaba had on his Facebook page on Wednesday (today) said that Ibe Casmir is his good friend and a brother.
According to the post on his Facebook page, Ibe Casmir, who was his course mate at Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), was with him last Thursday. He further stated that Ibe Casmir works with an oil company in Port Harcourt and had entered Owerri with his family for his father-in-law’s burial only for him to be arrested and paraded as one of the unknown gunmen. He maintained that Ibe Casmir is innocent of the allegation levelled against him.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana, stated this to newsmen in Owerri, Imo state.
The police claimed that “On 25th May 2021 at about 1302hours, some hoodlums in their number launched an offensive on the reconstruction site of Orji Divisional Headquarters which was earlier burnt by hoodlums during the End SARS protest in 2020. A philanthropist contracted the reconstruction project.
“The hoodlums, who believed that the re-establishment of a functional police station may prevent them from carrying out their nefarious acts in Orji and environ, decided to invade the construction site.
“Before the arrival of the reinforcement team, the hoodlums melted into the area of the neighbouring township but abandoned their operational vehicles. The Commissioner of Police, Imo State, CP Abutu Yaro, FDC personally led an enforcement team to the scene.
“The whole area was cordoned and five suspects, namely Chigaemezu Sabastine ‘m’ 26years old, Casmir Ibe ‘m’ 36years old, John Chinonso ‘m’ 24years old, Chukwudi Okoro ‘m’ 28years and Alozie Daberechi ‘m’ 25years old were arrested. No life was lost. Three vehicles were recovered. Meanwhile, the mop-up operation is ongoing to arrest more suspects and recover their firearms.”