Communal crisis: Police debunk attacks, killing of four persons in Ebonyi


Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Aliyu (file photo)

By Enyinna Omoke, Abakaliki

Ebonyi State Police Command has debunked the alleged attack and killing of four persons in a renewed crisis between Isinkwo and Ukawu communities in  Onicha Local Government Area of the state, stressing that there was no attack and killing in the area.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Aliyu, made the clarification in Abakaliki, the state capital.

“We shall go into investigation and find out but as far as I am concerned, there was nothing like that; no attack on those places,” he said.

It was gathered that the bodies of the victims were reportedly taking away by their assailants, adding that the victims were said to be from Ukawu community.

Recall that Governor David Umahi had ordered the Nigeria Army, Police and other security agencies in the state to confiscate the  disputed land between the two communities of Isinkwo and Ukawu in Onicha Local Government Area of the state.

The disputed land, according to investigation, had claimed several innocent lives, destruction of properties worth million of naria, youth hostilities among other war-like activities in the said communities.

Umahi had warned the youths of the communities to stop further killings and destruction of properties or taking laws into their hands, which would result into inflicting injuries on innocent people.

His words: “Ebonyi State government is saddened over the activities of Isinkwo- Ukawu youths and Abaomege youths in Onicha Local Government Area, who have resorted to taking laws into their hands, inflicting injuries on the people of their communities because of land dispute.

“In line with the laws of the state, government has henceforth taken over the piece of land that is being disputed by both communities, effective from 6th June, 2020.”


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