- The Ebonyi state government has been asked to relocate residents affected by its proposed cargo airport
- An influential group in the state says the people affected should be relocated and compensated
- The Ebonyi government is currently building a cargo airport in the state capital, Abakaliki
The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called for the relocation of those displaced due to the construction of a cargo airport in Ebonyi state.
The group made the demand in a statement sent to Legit.ng by its president, Ambassador Pascal Oluchchukwu on Tuesday, March 9.
The AESID lamented that those affected have remained displaced from their ancestral homes since February 2020 due to the construction of the airport.
The AESID further called for the immediate release of a detained lawyer, Ifeanyi Nworie from Abakaliki prison.
The AESID also congratulated the boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, saying:
“The commission under the former leader has been foot-dragging in probing several petitions emanating from Ebonyi state pending before it to the surprise and chagrin of many.
“We, however, appreciate the efforts of the commission in inviting the immediate-past Coordinators of Development Centres under the platform of G-64 for interactions towards uncovering the whole truth on the allegation of misappropriation of statutory allocations.
“AESID, therefore, urges the new anti-graft czar, Bawa and the ICPC to beam their searchlights on these and many more petitions.”
Recall that the AESID had earlier called on the security agencies in Nigeria to probe some political office holders in Ebonyi over the recent communal clashes witnessed in some areas of the state.
Oluchkwu had in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday. January 25, condemned the mayhem, alleging that it was politically motivated.
Meanwhile, the group recently commended the new commissioner of police in the state for acting with the utmost professionalism.
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.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.