We'll Fish Out Killers Of Our Traditional Ruler - Council Boss Vows

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

The Chairman of Ivo Local Government Area, Chief Emmanuel Ajah has condemned in its strongest term the gruesome murder of a first class traditional ruler, Eze Umazi Ubani of Umuihe community in Akaeze by yet to be identified assailants in his house, vowing that he will do everything within his reach to fish out the killers.

Ajah, gave the assurance while speaking with journalists in Abakaliki.

He lamented that despite huge investment in security and his efforts in restoring peace in Ivo Local Government, some criminal element still have the got to perpetrate such heinus act against the people.

The Council boss, Ajah narrated that he was at Abakaliki when he heard the news of the murder of the late monarch and of course, he could not hold himself because they were in a meeting with the Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy matters.

He described the killing as painful, stressing that the victim, Ubani is a thorough breed traditional ruler who always stand on the path of truth at any given time.

He said he didn't know what happened but what he knows is that there was a communal land dispute between two communities wherein the traditional ruler stood by him with other coordinators to ensure that peace returned and the land was divided.

"Friday was a black Friday to Ivo people and Ebonyi state at large. I was in Abakaliki for an official duty when I got the news around 10 o'clock in the night and I quickly told the commissioner for local government whom we had meeting with among other people.

"This our king was a very nice man, he was a man with a different, he was an outstanding personality to be reckoned with.

"He was a man that says the truth without minding who is involved, he will look straight at you tell you the right thing at any giving time. He was the secretary of the Traditional rulers in the South 

"I don't know what happened, the only thing I know is that they had a communual crisis at Amanaeze and Amaekpu both from Omobo ward.
that had to do with land dispute but the man stood up with me and coordinators we resolved it and the people were happy. The land Issue has lingered for years but I was able to dialogue with people to bring permanent solution. But this one that somebody woke up in the morning and decides to kill a king, when such a thing happens in my place I don't believe the town will remain.

"However, the security agencies are seriously on the matter. You Know that on my assumption of office, the first thing I did was to tackle insecurity in Ivo and fought it to a stand still. But this one I personally, will not leave any stone unturned, we must get to the root of this.

"I believe I have taken steps and I don't need to tell you steps I have taken but very soon I will call you people to tell you what we have achieved," 

"In Akaeze we don't have any Fulani issue, what we used to have was ESN and IPOB issues which has been tackled.

"The only resent crisis was the land Issue that claimed a life, we settled it not long ago before this thing happened.

"We have a military checkpoint close to the traditional rulers house but the only thing is that they changed the soldiers  as they always do every weekend that same day and I believe  the soldiers brought were new and have not known the area that's why these people were able to carry out their deed", he narrated.

The council Chairman however, called on the residents of Ivo local government area to go about their normal business, adding that he will not fold his hands or leave any stone unturned in ensuring that those involved in the killings of the innocent monarch are brought to book.

Recall that, the victim, Eze Umazi Ubani was murdered last Friday, in his house by yet to be identified hoodlums who invaded his place.

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