What Gov. Umahi Did To Two LG Chairmen After Ebonyi Communal Clashes
David Umahi

Ebonyi governor David Umahi has suspended the Chairmen of Ikwo and Abakaliki Local Government areas over the resurgence of communal crisis in the areas last week.

Concise News learned that Emmanuel Nwangele of Abakaliki and John Nnabo of Ikwo were suspended on Tuesday.

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Spokesperson for the police in the state, Loveth Odah, had confirmed the killing of eight persons, including a three-month-old baby in the renewed boundary dispute between the two areas.

She said while six of the victims, five from the same family, were burnt to death in a bus they were travelling in; the others were shot dead.

Speaking with newsmen after the governor’s meeting with stakeholders of both councils, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Hyginus Nwokwu, said the suspension was with immediate effect.

“The governor is not happy that both chairmen did not demonstrate capacity to ensure security in both councils which they are constitutionally bound to protect,” he said.

“The governor also suspended all political office holders from communities in both councils—Enyibichiri, Noyo Echilaike from Ikwo and Edda, Enyigba communities from Abakaliki LGA.

“The suspension will lapse only when lasting peace returns to the areas as the suspended chairmen are directed to handover to their vice chairmen.”

Nwokwu added that civil servants from both councils who directly or indirectly financed the perpetrators of the clashes were also suspended.

“This will ensure that they are financially incapacitated to sponsor such aggressions as the sanctity of live supersedes all political considerations,” he said.