A senior personel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) James Mbam have been arrested in Ebonyi for allegedly smuggling two persons into the state.
The official who is serving in Orumba Umunze in Anambra State was arrested in Afikpo North local government area with the two persons he was carrying on his motorcycle.
The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Stanley Okoro Emegha confirmed the arrest in Abakaliki.
Mr Emegha noted that the NSCDC personnel who was arrested by the members of the Ebonyi State Neighbourhood Security Watch was arrested at Timber shade axis of the Afikpo/Abakaliki Express road in Afikpo North Local Government Area.
“I received a call from members of the Neighbourhood Watch at Afikpo North Local Government Area of a personel of the NSCDC who was carrying two persons in his motorcycle coming to Abakaliki”
“The Neighbourhood Watch members informed me that the man was coming into the state from Orumba Umunze In Anambra State and has already gotten to Afikpo North having passed Ishiagu in Ivo LGA, and Amasiri in Afikpo North LGA boundaries before he was stopped and arrested at the Timber Shade axis of the express road”.
The Commissioner noted that in line with the state government’s policy that any indigene of Ebonyi State that gets to the boundary should not be sent back, they were taken to the withholding centre.
” I directed that the NSCDC staff be arrested alongside the two passengers he was carrying and brought to Abakaliki.
He said they will be tested for COVID 19 and that anyone who tests negative will be allowed to go home.
Mr Okoro said the NSCDC official, however, denied bringing the two passengers from outside the state.