No fewer than two members of Ebubeagu security outfit were, Sunday, reportedly captured at the boundary between Izombe and Agwa communities in Oguta local government area of Imo state.
Blueprint correspondent gathered from an eyewitness who hails from the area that the incident occurred during the Izombe community’s Okorosha cultural festival on Sunday.
According to him, “The operatives of Ebubeagu Security Outfit felt that the event would be an avenue for them to come and arrest the masterminds of Friday’s Agwa Police Station destruction where not less than four policemen were killed and vehicles burnt with explosives, some whom they felt would be there because of the closeness of Izombe to Agwa.
“On getting to the venue of the cultural festival, the Ebubeagu operatives made attempts to disrupt the event which was resisted by the people. Unknown to them, some gunmen who got information about their presence in Izombe rushed down to the boundary between Izombe and Agwa where they laid ambush for them.
“When they later came down to the boundary after their futile attempt to disrupt the festival, they were confronted by the unknown gunmen who engaged them in a gun duel. This eventually led to the capture of not less than two Ebubeagu operatives by the unknown gunmen, while some ran for safety”, the eyewitness disclosed.
However, as at the time of filing this report, the Imo State Police Command spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam, was yet to confirm the incident, but it was gathered that a high powered security meeting between the governor and heads of security agencies in the state was going on at the Government House Owerri, Monday afternoon.