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Umahi orders lawmaker, LG boss’ arrest over Effium crisis

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By Ruth Oginyi

The governor of Ebonyi state, Engr David Umahi, Monday ordered the immediate arrest of the chairman of Ohaukwu local government area, Barr. Clement Odah and the member representing Ohaukwu South Constituency in the State Assembly, Mr Chinedu Awo, and two spokespersons of the two communities until peace returns to Effium and Ezza Effium community.

Umahi also ordered the immediate suspension of all political office holders from Ezza Effium/ Effium who were absent during a security meeting convened to find a lasting solution to the lingering crises in the area.

The governor gave the directives during a security meeting in Abakaliki. He said his administration would not fold its arms and watch innocent people die in droves due to the ongoing war as he abhors bloodshed.

The governor, who was disappointed over the blood-letting, blamed stakeholders of the community for fanning the embers of crisis. “Anybody who is not a security person that is found with gun, must be demobilised by all means. Those that are calling for war, I will root them out.

“It is on note that leaders from both sides are the ones instigating the killings, crises and burning of houses. All political appointees that are absent in this security meeting are hereby suspended from office, including the retired permanent secretary.

Governor Umahi appealed to the stakeholders to support the government to nip the violence in the bud. He threatened to arrest and prosecute all the stakeholders should the war not stop immediately.

Correspondent reports that the security meeting for the Ezza Effium continues tomorrow, March 30, 2021.

The governor also met with the people and stakeholders of Abaomege and Ishinko communities in Onicha local government area with a view to resolving the intractable crises.

During the meeting, held at the exco chambers of the old Government House Abakaliki, Governor Umahi expressed displeasure over the unfortunate incident of bloodbath in the area. He ordered the arrest of eight stakeholders fingered to be promoting the crises pending when proper demarcation of the disputed land takes place and peace returns.

The senior special adviser to the governor on religious and welfare matters, Reverend Father Abraham Nwali, was charged to interphase with critical stakeholders to effect proper demarcation of the boundary under contention.

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