- The communal clash in Ebonyi state has forced the governor, David Uhami, to declare a dusk to dawn curfew
- Governor Umahi also reportedly gave approval for the deployment of more soldiers to restore peace in the troubled community
- Meanwhile, an association of Ebonyi indigenes in the diaspora has urged the federal government to intervene by declaring a state of emergency
The governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Effium community in Ohaukwu local government area.
Daily Trust reports that the state government also approved that the drafting of an additional 600 soldiers to restore peace in the community and avert further killings and destruction of properties.
Legit.ng gathers that the commissioner for information, Uchenna Orji, made this known to journalists on Wednesday, March 31.
Orji said that the decision was reached at the end of this week’s State Executive Council meeting.
This came barely 48 hours after the governor visited the area to appeal to the two warring clans, Ezza and Effium.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reported that the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) have cried out over the murder of their kinsmen, which they put at 500, in the Effium community.
The association called on the federal government to immediately declare a state of emergency in Ebonyi to stop the killing of defenceless citizens in the area.
The group in a statement released on Wednesday, March 31, claimed that 500 natives of the once peaceful community lost their lives, with properties worth millions of naira destroyed in the war allegedly provoked by the Korri natives to wipe out Ezza indigenes.
Meanwhile, following the killings, Governor Umahi has also ordered the immediate arrest of some political officeholders.
Those to be arrested include the chairman of Ohaukwu LGA, Clement Odah and the member representing Ohaukwu North constituency, Chinedu Awo.
The governor also suspended political officeholders who are from the area but refused to participate in a meeting convened to find a solution to the crisis.
In other news, suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Obeagu community in the Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi state and killed 16 persons who were between the ages of 18 and 56.
About 10 motorcycles and a vehicle, whose owners were killed in the community, were set ablaze.
One of the residents who escaped the onslaught described the incident as horrible.