Umahi Has No Hands In Father Ngwuta's Incarceration -- Orji

By Celestine Okeh

Commissioner for information and state orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji have said that Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State had no hand in the determination of Rev Dr Timothy Ngwuta.

I'm a statement, Orji said, "Our attention has been drawn to series of social media posts and unguided print conversations shared by different  uninformed groups over the criminal charge  faced by Rev Fr. Timothy on his alleged complicity in aiding and abetting war and killings in Effium/Ezza Effium Community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area. We have refrained from joining issues because of our respect for the institution he belongs.

"While we view it unfortunate that the Rev Father could be involved in a suspicious conduct that led to his detention and prosecution by the Police, we wish to place on record that  the Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency Engr.Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE has no hands whatsoever on the matter as it is purely a serious  security concern handled by the community and the security operatives. 

"The  security report made available  to us indicates that Rev. Fr  Timothy Ngwuta was arrested by the surveillant youths and vigilant team of Nwori village in  the warring community when he came in the company of two other suspects on 11th December,2021 to recover a vehicle suspected to have been used to convey some of the armed warriors  suspected to have unleashed attack on  the security operatives who were in search of the bodies of the 5 NELAN Engineers allegedly killed by kingpins of the warriors.

"Security report further revealed that the said Rev. Father is a native of Inikiri Umuezokaoha Ezza Effium, a section of the warring community where the  suspected attack occurred and it is also on record that he  confirmed in his statements to the Police that he went to Nwori village to recover the car suspected to have been used  by the armed warriors to carry out the attack that led to the death of two  security operatives and others injured during  security operations  at Nwanenwo forest on the 28th day of November,2021

"It would  be recalled that 5 NELAN Engineers who where on duty visit to the  State Ring Road Project enroute Nwanenwo  in Ezza Effium axis fell prey to  the attack of the armed tribal warriors on the 3rd day of November,2021 and the State Government promptly directed security agencies to declare manhunt on perpetrators.

"The essence of this narrative is to underscore the gravity of the offence  that was linked to the Rev Father and to state that  justice has limitless jurisdiction and applies to all persons no matter their class or faith. This  situation does not call for sensational or sentimental publications or conversations, it calls for sober reflection on the lives that have been wasted and properties lost to these needless conspiracies against humanity in Effium/ Ezza Effium Community; *Governor Umahi* has  unbridled love for the servants of God no matter their faith and he has deep respect for and  shared collaborations with the Catholic community.

"The Governor deserves our  commendation for his determination that inspired the security operations that uncovered the  killers of the 5 innocent NELAN Engineers  despite oppressive blackmail from mischievous elements.

"We therefore advise those who take pleasure in politicizing the unfortunate misunderstanding between the two tribes of  Effium/ Ezza Effium community for  clannish gratificatios to please allow security agencies to do their work. Many people suspected to be behind the crime in Effium/ Ezza Effium are already facing trial and that of Rev Fr. Timothy Ngwuta cannot  be an exception. The offfence of conspiracy to promote communal war is viewed seriously by the Laws of Ebonyi State and cannot be sacrificed at the altar of  religion moreso as we have not been told that Rev. Fr. Timothy Ngwuta is infallible.

"The public is assured that justice is available not only to the victims, but also to the accused and the society and we have unwavering confidence that justice will be done on the matter  no matter whose ox is gored or whose spade is in the garden". 

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