Ebonyi Govt, Group Trade Words Over Ekoli Edda Killings

Ebonyi Govt, Group Trade Words Over Ekoli Edda Killings


Ebonyi State Government and Edda group, in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the state have continued to trade words over the recent killings at Ekoli Edda community.

A clan, known as Edda Identity, has expressed dismay over Governor David Umahi’s alleged inconsistency in handling the killings and crises in the area.

In a strongly worded open letter by the group, called on the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and the National Human Rights Commission; without further delay to commence probe into the killings in the area to bring the masterminds to book.

The open letter signed by Julius Ama Oji and a copy of which was obtained by Aljazirah Nigeria, accused Umahi of playing politics with the lives of the people.

According to the letter, “In 2020, the people of Edda, (Afikpo South) LGA of Ebonyi State witnessed a very tragic crisis that resulted in the death of many sons of Edda.

“These killings and worrisome situations prompted prominent sons and daughters on the platform of the Edda Identity to set up a panel of inquiry to look into the situation and proffer solutions.

Mr Ama Oji said the committee submitted its report to the State Government which promised to act on its recommendations but nothing was done till date.

He said: “Today, the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has again set up a commission of inquiry over the recent killings of 26th December 2022, and 1st January 2023, in Ekoli and Amoso Edda respectively.

“Our question today is why the State Government setting up a new Commission of Inquiry when it deliberately refused to implement the previous resolutions and recommendations already made available to him that perhaps mentioned the known same actors as perpetrators of the numerous crimes of political killings in Edda who the government deliberately refused to ensure their prosecution because they are all well known?

“Recall that on 26th December 2022, Ekoli Edda was thrown into another crisis which resulted in the deaths of three men including an Inspector of Police, and properties (a house, two vehicles, and a motorcycle) were burnt, and this incident happened in broad daylight with the same known actors perpetrating crimes in Edda over the years of this government in charge.

“Also, on the 1st day of January 2023, the same group of known actors killed a woman that was seven months old pregnant and set ablaze two buildings in the compound after failing to kill the husband who narrowly escaped.

“The most worrisome among them is that the State Government is aware of these known actors perpetrating these crimes and has continued to play to the gallery, thereby setting up an inquiry commission that I seriously suspect will only act on the instructions of the State Government, thereby freeing the few arrested crime actors in a no distant time.

“In this light, we are calling on you, the Inspector-General of Police and the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police not to allow this matter, in particular, to die another death like too many others.

“Most importantly, the killing of an Inspector of Police, and a woman with seven months old unborn child shouldn’t be glossed over as the prosecution of the perpetrators of this evil act must hold, and adequate punishment meted.”

But in a swift reaction, the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Information, Uchenna Orji, described the letter as substance-less and ill-willed, adding that it was targeted at demeaning the efforts of the government at bringing peace, in the area.

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