– Security agencies in the country have been asked to probe the recent communal clash in Ebonyi state
– The demand was made by the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora, AESID
– The group also asked that the governor of the state and a local government chairman should be questioned
A group, Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora, AESID, has called on the security agencies in Nigeria to probe Governor David Umahi and the chairman of the Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Clement Odah in Ebonyi state.
According to the group, the duo should be held responsible for an alleged communal clash between the Effium and Effium indigenes of Ezza extraction, leading to the death of over 40dozens of people.
President of the association, Paschal Oluchkwu, in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday. January 25, condemned the mayhem, alleging that it was politically motivated.
According to him, the facts on the ground prove that the violence was induced by an attempt to unlawfully annex some federal electoral wards which originally belong to Ezza-Effium people of Ezza extraction to wards of Effium indigenes of Korri extraction.
He further said the attempt was made in the ongoing Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise by the National Population Commission (NPC)
The group also said that it aware of the complaints raised by Ezza stakeholders in its petition to the NPC against the actions of its EAD officials who it noted were misguided by the local government boss his associates.
According to the group, Ezza stakeholders cautioned that the acts of unlawfully annexing parts of the wards of Effium indigenes of Ezza-Ezekuna extraction were an open invitation to chaos.
Part of the statement read:
“The security agencies should investigate this as a matter of urgency and bring all those responsible for this mayhem to book.”
Recall that the AESID recently commended the new commissioner of police in the state for acting with utmost professionalism.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, January 24, and signed by its president, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, the AESID noted that CP Aliyu Garba has discharged his duties without fear of favour since his resumption as the chief police officer of the southeast state.
Meanwhile, the AESID have declared that competence and credibility will determine who emerges as the next governor in Ebonyi and not zoning.
The association implored Ebonyi people to continue to study the records in and out of office of any contender and place same side-by-side with the prevailing challenges facing the state and seek out only those who can reverse the negative indices.