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Umahi orders arrest of council chairman, lawmaker over communal clashes



Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, yesterday, ordered the immediate arrest of Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Council, Chief Clement Odah and the member representing Ohaukwu South Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr. Chinedu Awo and two spokespersons for the two communities over communal clash between Ezza Effium and Effium, saying that they will not be released until peace returns to the area.

The governor also announced the suspension of all political office holders from Ezza-Effium, who were absent during a security meeting over the communal clash in the area.

Umahi, who gave the directives during a security meeting at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, said that the administration would not fold its arms and watch innocent people die in droves owing to the ongoing communal clash.


He said that all the suspended political office holders from Ezza-Effium should proceed on suspension without pay.

He stressed that the two leaders should not be allowed to possess any phone or be treated with courtesy while in detention.

The governor, who was unhappy over the bloodletting, blamed stakeholders of the community for fanning the embers of crises, ordering security agents to demobilise anybody found with gun.

Similarly, the governor also met with the people and stakeholders of Abaomege and Ishinko communities in Onicha Local Council with a view to resolving the intractable crises in the areas.

At the meeting held at the Exco Chambers of the Old Government House in Abakaliki, Umahi expressed displeasure over the unfortunate incident of bloodbath in the areas.

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 to the communities.


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