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Ekoli Edda bloodbath: You must seek face of God for cleansing, Umahi tells villagers



Governor inaugurate Commission of Enquiry


By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki


Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State has enjoined the people of Ekoli Edda to seek they face of God to sanitize and cleanse the land over the political tussle that claimed so many lives in the area.

He said that if they failed to seek the face of God, it saying that it would have devastating consequences on them.

The governor also inaugurated a nine-man Commission of Enquiry into the recent crises in Ekoli and Amoso Edda.

Governor Umahi inaugurated the Commission at  Ebunwana Edda during a Security meeting, Tuesday.

He regretted the disturbance in the Edda which he observed had led to loss of lives and hard earned resources.

“It was never like this before now. We have had a lot of killings all over Edda especially during elections; cultism, gunrunning, and other vices. We don’t want it to continue, we want it to stop.”

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The governor directed the reporting of anyone found in possession of firearm to forestall further breakdown of law and order anywhere in the state.

“If you show me somebody who has AK47 gun, no matter who the person is, I will lead the operation and we will arrest the person.

“The moment you conform with the laws of the land, you will have peace, God never asked anybody to kill somebody in order to be elected.

“What happened in Ekoli is a sacrilege, it is terrible and it is something we should cry out to the Lord for forgiveness. Brother killing brother is a sacrilege, it is shameful, what is it that is worth the life of a brother? It is selfishness.

“What happened in Ekoli, I have looked beyond the problem, I have looked at tomorrow, unless something is done and done sincerely by you people, it will have devastating consequences.

“I can’t be supporting you when your hands are unclean with blood, this life is very temporal, no one has control of his or her life, everyday is by the mercies of God, we ought to be grateful to God, there are things you must leave to God.”

The governor enjoined members of the nine-man Commission of Enquiry headed by Senator Sonni Ogbuoji to carry out their responsibilities devoid of any sentiments.

Other members of the Commission, according to the Governor, include Honourable Nkama Nkama Ude  –  Secretary

Chief Mike Okoro -member, Prince Etta Uka – Member, Engr. Kalu Ama Mba –  Member, John Igwe –  Member, Prof. Ibiam Ekpe –  Member, Engr. Hon. Ufere Okoroafor-  Member and Ama Kalu Ikwor -Member.

The Commissioner of Police, Garba Aliyu, admonished the people to toe the line of reconciliation to ensure timely return of peace to the area.

“We are peace officers but the law is not a respecter of anybody, so we must be careful in whatever thing we are doing, those found guilty definitely will be charged to Court”.

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