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Effium NURTW Crisis: Police to arraign over 50 suspects

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By Ruth Oginyi

Police in Ebonyi state said over 50 hoodlums arrested with weapons during the Effium and Ezza Effium NURTW leadership crisis would be arraigned in court soon.

DSP Loveth Odah, police public relations officer in the state command, disclosed this to Orient Daily yesterday in Abakaliki.

Odah said over 50 persons would be charged to court. However, a source close to the police said about 114 suspects were actually arrested but that, because of the congestion in the police cells, the suspects were already facing some health challenges.

The PPRO further explained that the stakeholders who were earlier arrested at the instance of the state government had been released and that the two warring communities had decided to use traditional means to bring peace back to their area.

She said that the command recovered about 20 pump-action guns and other offensive weapons from the suspects and that, as a result, they would be made to face the law.

Ezza Effium and Effium community in Ohaukwu local government area, were thrown into chaos last week following the crisis that erupted between them over NURTW leadership.

Scores were killed and over one billion naira worth of property destroyed.

Residents of the community who fled to Izzi, Ohaukwu, and parts of Benue state were making their way back home as normalcy returned to the community, the police said.

“They decided to use traditional means to make peace and they have embraced peace. As I talk to you now normalcy has returned to the area. They have agreed to drop their hostility against one another and we are very happy with them for that.

She said some of the villagers had started returning home and that police personnel escorted some of the displaced persons back home on Sunday after the peace meeting.

“The CP has directed that the suspects arrested with offensive weapons and the suspected warriors who keep on killing innocent citizens be charged to court because we recovered not less than 20 pump-action and other offensive weapons from them. The suspects arrested should be over 50, she said.

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