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The Police in Ebonyi on Friday said they have arrested 15 persons suspected to be involved in the shooting by unknown gunmen on Tuesday at the new market and Ishieke axis of the state.

According to the report, the shooting was carried out as the suspects forced people to abide by the order issued by Simon Ekpa, stopping all residents from coming out of their homes for seven days, from July 3 to 10.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Faleye Olayele, told reporters in Abakaliki that among the 15 suspects arrested from their hideouts were two herbalists, Okwudili Otozi and Nnenna Ali.

“They have attacked our area commander and burnt our vehicle. They have been terrorizing the state. On July 4, they came to Ishieke firing sporadically, and that was on Tuesday.

“I want to tell you that 15 of them have been apprehended, together with their herbalists. We recovered arms and charms of different kinds.

Olayele said that the suspects were preparing for another attack on Friday when the police arrested them.

“This shows that our officers are dedicated to their duties; the arrest was made possible by our men through the information we got,” he said and warned all criminal elements to steer clear of Ebonyi.

However, one of the herbalists told newsmen that he was forced to join the gang.

“I did not know that they wanted to operate in Ebonyi; they came to me and requested medicine and I gave it to them, after which they forced me to join them to the bush for further preparations.

“Please, I was forced to follow them after I gave them the medicine,” Otozi claimed.