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Communal Crisis: Umahi imposes curfew on Effium community

Engr David Umahi Governor, Ebonyi State / Chairman, South East Governors Forum

Following the crisis that engulfed the Effium community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State the Governor, Chief David Umahi has imposed a curfew in the area from 4pm to 8am on daily basis with effect from Sunday, 24th January, 2021, until normalcy returns to the affected community.

A statement signed by Hon Orji Uchenna Orji, State Commissioner for Information and State Orientation said the governor has also directed the Security Agencies to ensure the strict enforcement of the curfew.

“He also urged them to deal decisively with any person or group of persons involved in killings and or destruction of property of the people no matter whose ox is gored.

He deeply frowns at the unabated violence and wanton destruction of lives and property in Effium community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area”.

Meanwhile the police in Ebonyi State have confirmed the death of eight persons and arrest of more than 60 others, following clashes between Effium and Ezza Effium communities in Ohaukwu Local Government area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Aliyu Garba, made the disclosure on Sunday during a joint security operation, which included the state Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe, to the affected areas.

Mr Garba, while stating that normalcy had returned to the communities, also confirmed that about eight houses, including a petrol station, were burnt.

“The crisis was fuelled by a leadership tussle at the area’s branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, involving old and new executives.

“The police have ensured adequate security and I doubt if anything would breach the peace in the areas again,” he said.

The police commissioner said the presence of a joint security operation in the area will send a signal to the perpetrators of the dastardly acts that the force was ‘on ground’.

“It will also avert a re-occurrence of the clashes, and after investigations, the suspects will appear in court for prosecution.

“I can also confirm the arrest of stakeholders from the areas and anyone found culpable will be duly prosecuted,” he said.

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