Ebonyi Deputy Governor commends Effium crisis community for complying with govt appeal

By Victor Nwegede

The Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Kelechi Igwe has commended the people of Effium Community in  Ohaukwu Local  Area for substantially complying with the appeal of the state Government to sheath their swords 

This was contained in a statement issued and made available to newsmen by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Dr. Monday Uzor in Abakaliki on Sunday.

Igwe stated this when he undertook assessment visit to Akparata village in continuation of efforts to restore peace to the area.

"We have been talking to both sides  to sheath their swords and embrace peace; substantially they have compiled and as Government we are grateful to them and request that the compliance should be tota," he said. 

The Deputy Governor said the visit was a response to a distress call that some people from  Ulayi in Ado Local Government Area of  Benue State invaded the village, but assured that with recent heavy deployment of security agents to the area such will not happen again.

 Igwe disclosed that he had established contact with his colleague in Benue State and both of them have agreed to beef up security in their respective border areas to forestall further attacks

He Said the state government under the leadership of, Engr David Nweze Umahi will not rest until normalcy is restored to the community.

A community Leader,  Fedreick Agbo told the Deputy Governor that some people suspected to be Ezza fighters invaded part  the village known as Lobadogon two days ago .

He said though the attack was repelled, three Effium indigenes of Akparata sustained varying degrees of injuries and are currently receiving treatment in the hospital.

While commending the state government for their efforts to restore peace to the area, Chief Agbo assured that his people will always heed to the directive of the state government by  embracing  peace.

The Commissioner for Internal security Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha was part of the assessment visit.

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