Abakaliki - An unidentified young man was electrocuted on Tuesday while trying to burgle a shop at number 22, Ezza Road, Abakaliki, Ebonyi.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt from a reliable source that the burglar and his accomplices who escaped, attempted gaining entrance into the shop known as ‘Variety Stores’ after they destroyed the outer burglary proof of the door.
The duo could not gain entrance into the main store as the inner burglary proof proved difficult to cut.
NAN learnt that as the burglars struggled to accomplish their mission, they went to a nearby tailoring shop and forced the door open.
Having destroyed the door, the late burglar attempted to gain entrance into the provision shop through the ceiling but met another stiff resistance from the burglary proof installed under the ceiling.
The source said that there was power outage at the time of the operation but the robber was unfortunate as power was restored at the time he was tampering with the burglary proof and was electrocuted in the process.
The Ebonyi State Police Command's Public Relations Officer, Sylvester Igbo, who confirmed the incident, said that the shop’s owner alerted the police on discovering that someone was lying dead inside the ceiling.
"The corpse was yet to be identified and has been deposited at the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki for autopsy.
"Police have commenced investigations to unravel the full details of the incident," he said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Virtue Chukwu, owner of the shop, said she had lost over N1.8 million to incessant burglaries in her shop, which made her to install the inner burglary proof.
"This is the eighth burglary on my shop, although I am not too shocked over the incident except for the corpse of the dead robber.
"I am just returning from a church programme, where I prayed that God should arrest the robbers because they have been making life miserable for me.
"I don’t know whether it is deliberate or coincidental but they always rob me whenever it rains and you will notice that it rained earlier today," she said.
Meanwhile, the Ebonyi State Police Command arrested two robbery suspects along the Enugu- Abakaliki Expressway on Monday.
Igbo told newsmen that items recovered from the suspects include, two-locally made double barrel pistols, one vehicle number plate, two live cartridges, one chisel hammer and two cell phones.
"A police patrol team on the expressway was conducting its usual stop and search exercise at Spera-in Deo junction and halted a gulf car with registration number YG 125 ENU.
"The occupants were however, aggressive to the officers who applied force to ensure they were searched.
"In the process they started running and shooting the police officers who replied and wounded one of them," he said.
Igbo said that the arrested suspect on interrogation mentioned the names of the other suspects, which led to the arrest of another member of the gang.
The names of the arrested suspects are Friday Emeba, who claimed to be a taxi driver and hails from Oriuzor in Ezza North LGA of Ebonyi and Emeka Iwuoha from Okwuabali in Ihioma, Orlu, Imo.
Emeba in an interview, denied involvement in the crime, claiming that he was an innocent driver who unsuspectingly picked the armed robbers at Kpirikpiri area of Abakaliki thinking they were passengers.