The Ebonyi Security Council has ordered the arrest of perpetrators of killings in Enyibichiri and Enyigba communities of Ikwo and Abakaliki areas of the southeast state.
More than 11 indigenes of both communities were killed between April 5 and April 6 in feud, with the burning of eight persons alive inside a bus, including a three-month old baby.
Dr Kenneth Ugbala, Commissioner for Border, Peace and Internal Security, told newsmen after the council’s meeting that the government would explore all avenues to identify and arrest perpetrators of the dastardly killings.
“The directive is with immediate effect as the perpetrators should be identified, arrested and prosecuted according to the law,” he said.
“The council commended the state government for suspending political office holders and other stakeholders from the communities for failing to prevent the killings,” he said.
The commissioner noted that security agencies had been directed to fully patrol and ensure security along the Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) — Obubra road which cuts across the communities.
“The Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination Board (JAMB) examination will be conducted in the state on Thursday and enough security have been provided along the route and entire area.
“Parents are enjoined to send their wards for the examination without fear as their safety is fully assured,” he said.