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    Alleged Abduction: Police Reveal Whereabouts Of Former Reps Member, Okorie

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    By David Akpu, Abakaliki

    The Police in Ebonyi State have revealed that a former two-term member of the House of Representatives who represented Ohanivo Federal Constituency, Hon Linus Abaa Okorie, who was allegedly abducted on October, 16, 2022, is in their custody.

    Recall that Mr Okorie’s family members and Associates had disclosed the news of his abduction to the public and accused the Ebonyi State Command of Ebubeagu Security outfit of being behind the abduction.

    But a Statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chris Anyanwu, on Monday, said following the rumor of Mr Okorie’s alleged abduction, the Ebonyi State Police Command swung into action and later traced him to the head office of the Ebubeagu Security Outfit at the Old Government House, Abakaliki.

    Mr Anyanwu who accused Mr Okorie of evading many Police arrests/invitations, said he was arrested by Ebubeagu Security outfit on offences bothering on “his activities and utterances that incited and provoked the violence that engulfed Onicha LGA which led to suspected IPOB/ESN operatives or unknown gunmen to unleash mayhem in the area, leaving seven (7) persons dead at the end of that fracas.”

    Mr Anyanwu said the case had now been taken over by the Police Command for preliminary investigation.

    “Hon Linus Abaa Okorie was severally invited by the Security and Intelligence Bureau of the Command over a petition dated 23/3/2022, authored by The State’s Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice, alleging that he was spreading fake news against His Excellency, Engr Dave Umahi accusing the Governor of illegally withdrawing #6.7 billion from State Government’s Account to fund the Appeal Court Judgment against his removal from office, etc.

    “Similar to the above is another series of false allegations against the Government of Ebonyi State and the Police Command in his social media handles.

    “When invited by the SIB over the false allegations/petition,
    Honourable Linus Abaa Okorie in his characteristic pompous manner refused vehemently to report to the SIB for a chat. Rather he chose to file fallacious suits against the Police Command.

    “It is also pertinent to mention that Honourable Linus Abaa Okorie also have a pending case in which he is implicated in a drug-related offence where the suspects purported to be his agents were arrested for Hard drug sales and use at his City Hub Inn, Mile 50, Abakaliki. Case was later transfered to the NDLEA for further necessary actions”, the statement explained.

    The statement further added thaat, “the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, CP Aliyu Garba psc(+), therefore makes it categorically clear that Honourable Linus Abaa Okorie was neither abducted nor kidnapped and warns that people should desist from painting pictures of insecurity in the State by propagating unfounded rumours.”

    The Police emphasized that “Ebubeagu is a lawfully established local security outfit by the House of Assembly and Government of Ebonyi State. If the outfit as empowered by the State Law, arrests anybody, it shouldn’t be interpreted as abduction or kidnapping because those terms mean different things.

    “However, it is expected that the outfit after effecting such arrest, should hand over the matter to the Police for further investigation and other necessary actions which has played out in this instance.”

    The Police further warned Dr David Ogbonna of Hon Linus Okorie CaringHeart Foundation who issued a statement on the alleged abduction of Mr Okorie, to “henceforth know the implication of wrong choice of words when next dishing out information for public consumption otherwise he will face the dire consequences as enshrined in the laws of the land.”

    “The CP further reassures the good people of Ebonyi State that there is no cause for alarm and advises that everyone should go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation, please,” the statement concluded.

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