Continued Killings: Ebonyi Governor Slams FG, Security Chiefs
Many states in Nigeria are going through internal war, and Ebonyi is one of them.
The battle between indigenes of Ebonyi and those of Cross River in a boundary area is gradually getting messier with more lives being wasted.
Senior Special Assistant to Ebonyi State governor on Internal Security, Kenneth Ugbala, said Governor Umahi had approached President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, National Boundary Commission and Security Chiefs, but the killings still persist.
He raised alarm over the incessant killings, on daily basis, of the people of Ebonyi State by their neighbours in Cross River.
Ugbala, who was giving clarification in Abakaliki on why Governor Umahi told citizens to defend themselves, using stones against militia attacks from Cross River State, said despite repeated efforts by the state, the federal government had failed to address the boundary dispute.
Ugbala stated that Ebonyi people are slaughtered like fowls by the Cross River militias.
He says last week, three Ebonyi people were killed.
“Let me explain to you, His Excellency made it clear, that as Chief Security Officer of the state, he has approached the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, tabling how his people are being slaughtered in Ebonyi State.
“He has equally approached the Vice President, he has approached the National Boundary Commission, he has approached the Chief of Army Staff, the GOC of Enugu Division and of course, our security chiefs are with us.
“But each of the time, it seems as if they have nothing to do about it and our people are being slaughtered on daily basis.
“Take for instance, last week, on daily basis, two people were slaughtered when they went to farm by the people of Cross River. There was another case where one person was slaughtered in the boundary between Edda people in Afikpo South and Cross River.
“And His Excellency says if the security chiefs of Nigeria cannot do anything to protect the lives of his people, they should defend themselves with stones.
“Ebonyi people are law-abiding. They do not acquire ammunition, they do not believe they should disagree with the law of the land. It is a way of public outcry, that we as government cannot fold our arms and see our people being slaughtered like fowls every day.
“The governor has approached his brother governor from Cross River state and they can sit down and deliberate on the matter once and for all.
“That is the point being discussed in the state security council meeting. But you know Ebonyians are law-abiding, they do not go with ammunitions. We have stones, they should defend themselves with stones,” Ugbala reiterated.
Recall that a 30-year-old man, Mmecheta Ibem from Enwere Ekoli-Edda was shot dead last week, while 32 other youths sustained bullet wounds from guns allegedly fired on palm plantation located at the boundary between Edda and Ibor communities.
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