Suspected thieves have been apprehended at the Isi Gate area of Umuahia Abia State following a criminal act of arson on a commercial complex where different goods are sold in wholesale quantities.
Speaking with ABN TV on Saturday, the landlord of the shopping complex, Chief Madu Shibata, the Enyi of Ibeku said he received a phone call from his younger sister at about 3am on Saturday, notifying him of a fire incident in the complex. “She said my building along Lagos Street by Owerri road was on fire. Before I could get there, men of the fire service were there but unfortunately, their presence was of little value because they came without water. Only residents of the area were able to come to our rescue. Their intervention prevented the fire from encroaching to nearby buildings. Sadly, nothing was saved from the affected shops. Goods worth millions of Naira burnt to ashes” he said.
The suspects however met their waterloo when the vigilant security men in the area apprehended two of them. Eyewitnesses said they confessed to the crime. They said they were frustrated by their inability to burgle one of shops and loot it. They therefore chose to ventilate their anger by setting the shop on fire which affected four other shops.
The suspects have since been handed over to the police for further investigation.
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