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Monday, September 5, 2016

Former Council Boss John Nwofoke In Police Net For Pilfering 450 Litres Of Diesel

What would make a former Vice Chairman of a local government in Ebonyi State to descend so low to steal diesel? Is it because of recession or hunger?

This is the question the Police in the state is trying to unravel when they arrested the former Vice Chairman of Abakaliki Local Government Area, John Nwofoke, and four others, on Sunday.

The Police said Nwofeke, including other four men, drained over 450 litres of diesel from a sound proof generator that powers street lights in the state.

The suspects were arrested after they allegedly drained the diesel from the generators at Azugwu sub-station in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

The former Vice Chairman, who serves as an aide to the state Commissioner for Powered, Emma Uguru, is also said to be the man in charge of the supply of the diesel in the Ministry of Power. The Ministry currently spends about N20 million on diesel monthly.

The suspects were later taken to the Ekumenyi Police Division where they were detained.
Governor David Umahi, while speaking at the state’s thanksgiving service at the Christ Embassy Church, Abakaliki, described the incident as a serious economic threat.

He warned that the state government would not tolerate any act capable of destroying state property.

He said the state government will prosecute the suspects to serve as deterrent to others who may be planning to indulge in such acts.

Earlier last week, the civil defense corps arrested a two-man gang that specialised in sale of government diesel to a cartel in the state.

One of the suspects was said to be responsible for generators powering street lights along Ezza Road. The other was a personal guard to the Head of Service of Ebonyi, Chamberline Nwele.


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