From: Victor Osula Abuja
IGP Mohammed Adamu
Indigenes of Ezza Effium community in Effium, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi state have petitioned the Federal government over the lingering crisis in the community.
In a petition filed through their lawyer, Sampson Ekigbo and signed by Chinedu Awo, the community urged the government to take decisive actions to restore peace and normalcy in the troubled community.
The petition was addressed to the Inspector -General of Police, Chief of Defence Staff, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Amnesty International, Chief of Army Staff, Director of Department of State Services (DSS), and Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
They urged President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy professional security agents to forestall further genocide against members of the community.
The lingering communal conflict in Ebonyi state between the Effium and Ezza Effium people has been violent, resulting in killings and destruction of property.
The crisis was fueled by a leadership tussle at the area’s branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, involving old and new executives.
While alleging unprofessional conducts by some personnel belonging to various security agencies, the indigenes alleged plans to exterminate Effium indigenes of Ezza extractions.
While seeking for full and effectual resolution of the situation that led to the unwarranted and unexpected communal crisis, the petitioners demanded investigation into activities of some of the security agents in the state.
They also demanded the arrest and probe of Ohaukwu Local Government chairman, Clement Odah over his alleged involvement in the crisis.
Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, however, said investigation into the crisis was ongoing.
The CP assured that all persons involved and found responsible for the violence would be brought to book.