Irate youths in Akaeze community in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi State on Sunday took to the street to protest alleged killing of one Nnaogo Akpoke Anyim, in the area by suspected members of Ebubeagu Security operatives.
According to a reliable source who spoke with CEOAFRICA on the incident, the victim was accused by Ebubeagu members in Akaeze of stealing some bamboo tree from the community.
The source also disclosed that apart from the recent killing, the Ebubeagu members have been harassing and humiliating the youths in the community.
He noted that the killing of Nnaogo aggravated the youths who protested why the way and matter the victim was arrested and tortured to death by Ebubeagu operatives.
In a video clip which was obtained by CEOAFRICA on Akaeze on Facebook, the victim was tied and kept close to a security van while Ebubeagu operatives were seen beating him with axe, mostly on his joints.
The youths who condemned the assault on their fellow youths went on rampage on Sunday, protesting the murder of the young boy.
In the melee, two more youths were allegedly shot to death by security operatives attached to the House of the Chairman of the council, Chief Onyebuchi Ogbadu.
Aggravated by the two more killings, the youths burning houses and other properties belonging to the killers (Ebubeagu members), including a filling station belonging to Chief Onyebuchi Ogbadu.
The source said “Ebubeagu operatives killed a youth in the area. The Akaeze youths after their meeting went peacefully to the Chairman of Ivo to ask him to assist them in producing the killer of the victim.
“The practice by the youth is a normal thing but the Chairman escalated the incident, which led to the youths taking laws into their hands. Two youths were shot to death at the Chairman’s house. And as it stands now, the military has taken over the community in order to maintain law and order.”