By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—FOLLOWING the persistent hostilities among the people of Ekpomaka and Inyimagu communities in Ikwo local government areas of Ebonyi state in which lives and properties worth millions of naira were reported lost, Governor David Umahi yesterday ordered the arrest of all political appointees and stakeholders from the warring communities pending the resolution of the crisis.
Governor Umahi in an enlarged security meeting with security chiefs and stakeholders from both Ikwo and Abakaliki local government areas of the state at the Executive Council Chambers Abakaliki directed the Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Titus Lamorde to arrest the Deputy Chief of Staff, Prof. Fidelis Okpata, political appointees and stakeholders from the two warring communities.
Governor Umahi expressed dismay that despite the decision of the state government to set up a committee to look into the crisis, the two communities have refused to give peace a chance to enable the state government look into the cause of fresh hostilities in the areas.
“I am sad that there is still crisis in these communities despite the fact that we had set up a committee in this state to look into the matter. We pleaded with the communities to ceasefire and await the outcome of the committee report but it does appear that they do not want to give peace a chance. I therefore order the Commissioner of Police to arrest all the stakeholders and political office holders from the communities. Without looking back, all of you in this executive council chamber are under arrest. I want the Commissioner of Police to detain you people until peace returns to the communities”
He further warned that his administration will do everything possible to ensure safety of the people of the state and deal with anybody found fomenting trouble in the communities no matter how highly placed.
Recall that fresh hostilities broke out in Ekpomaka-Inyimagu and Izzi communities on the 25th of February and since then, lives and properties had been reportedly lost prompting the state government to set up a committee chaired by the first Vice President of the Ebonyi State Council of Traditional Rulers, Ezeogo Romanus Iyioku with Chief Felix Mgbada as secretary.