Ekoli Edda Crises: Preliminary Investigation Exonerates Emegha Others

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

Preliminary testimonies from the apprehended culprits of the Ekoli Edda mayhem have exonerated the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha of any involvement in the crises, police reports.

Barr. Uchenna Orji, the commissioner for information and state orientation, revealed this on Tuesday, while briefing journalist on the outcome State Executive Council meeting of Monday, 16th January, 2023 held at new Exco chamber, Ochudo Centenary city.

Orji said, "Exco received a briefing on the police interim report on the ugly incident that happened in Edda, Afikpo South Local Government Area and the Governor’s directive on those involved in the unfortunate mayhem that led to the loss of lives. Exco noted the Police report which revealed that the culprits had been apprehended and would soon be charged to Court. Exco however noted the fact that the statements from the suspects did not indict the duo of Hon. Barr. Eni Uduma Chima and Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha of any complicity in the needless attack.

"EXCO directed that a Peace and Reconciliation Committee be set up in the afflicted area made up of the following persons:

"Sen. Sonny Ogbuoji - Chairman
Hon Nkama Nkama Ude - Secretary
Dr. (Amb.) Michael Okoro - Member
Prince Etta Uka - Member
Engr. Kalu Ama Mba - Member
John Igwe - Member
Prof. Ibiam Ekpe - Member
Engr. Hon. Ufere Okoroafor - Member
Ama Kalu Ikwor - Member

To resolve the conflicts between brothers and sisters of Ekolli Edda and institute a permanent spirit of forgiveness and peace among the people of Ekolli Edda
Make recommendation to Government on the way forward  for peace and love among brothers and sisters of Ekolli Edda.

"The Committee is to have its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, 17th January, 2023 at Sen. Sonny Ogbuoji’s residence, Ebuwana Edda in Afikpo South LGA by 2pm. 

"Others invited to attend the meeting are:
Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State
Cantonment Commander,
Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ebonyi State
CAN Chairman, South East Zone
Afikpo South Local Government Chairman
All Government Officials from Edda, Afikpo South
The Executives of Edda General Assembly
All Traditional Rulers from Afikpo South
Town Union Presidents of Afikpo South LGA
His Excellency, Chief Francis Orji".

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