Nigeria

Ebonyi Killings: Governor Umahi Imposes Curfew

David Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi State, on Sunday, January 24, 2021, imposed curfew on Effium community to avert further killings of farmers by unknown gunmen.

Effium community has since three days been engulfed by bloody clashes that erupted between two tribes, Effium speaking persons and Ezza indigenes.

The bloody clashes between the two tribes had, according to investigation, resulted in the killings of over seven persons and hundreds of houses razed.

Consequently, Governor Umahi on Sunday, January 24, 2021, imposed curfew on the area to avert further escalation of the crises.

Umahi made this known in a statement signed and forwarded to journalists by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Uchenna Orji.

The statement reads in part: “The Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi deeply frowns at the unabated violence and wanton destruction of lives and property in Effium community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area.

“In his determination to restore peace and order, the Governor has imposed a curfew in Effium community from 4pm to 8am on a daily basis with effect from Sunday, 24th January, 2021, until normalcy returns to the affected community.

“The Governor further directs the Security Agencies to ensure the strict enforcement of the curfew and to deal decisively with any person or group of persons involved in killings and or destruction of property of the people no matter whose ox is gored,” he stated.

Source: Daily Post

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