JUST IN: Umahi suspends Ikwo, Abakaliki LG Chairmen over communal clashes


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Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi on Tuesday suspended the Chairmen of Ikwo and Abakaliki Local Government Areas over the resurgence of communal disaster within the areas final week.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that the affected chairmen included: Mr Emmanuel Nwangele of Abakaliki and Chief John Nnabo of Ikwo LGA.
Dr Hyginus Nwokwu, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), informed newsmen after the governor’s assembly with stakeholders of each councils, that the suspension was with speedy impact.
“The governor isn’t glad that each chairmen didn’t exhibit capability to make sure safety in each councils which they’re constitutionally sure to guard.
“The governor additionally suspended all political workplace holders from communities in each 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,” he mentioned.
Nwokwu added that civil servants from each councils who immediately or not directly financed the perpetrators of the clashes have been additionally suspended.
“This will ensure that they are financially incapacitated to sponsor such aggressions as the sanctity of live supersedes all political considerations,” he mentioned.
He disclosed that the governor additionally directed stakeholders from Abakaliki LGA to unearth the hoodlums who killed and set hearth on a bus conveying Ikwo indigenes alongside the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI) street, inside one week.
“These people have been sadly burnt past recognition and so they concerned six members of the identical household together with a three-month-old child.
“The authorities can be compelled to hunt the perpetrators if the stakeholders fail to supply them inside such interval and the scenario is not going to be palatable to anyone.
“The government hereby assures the citizens especially indigenes of the affected communities, students and staff of FUNAI,  that security agencies have been mandated to provide adequate security in the areas,” the SSG mentioned.
In his feedback, Dr Kenneth Ugbala, the Commissioner for Border, Peace and Internal Security disclosed that 33 political appointees have been suspended in Ikwo LGA and 18 in Abakaliki LGA.
“The governor suspended the chairmen as a result of they failed of their constitutional obligation of defending the people, so the problem of whether or not he has the constitutional proper to take action doesn’t come up.
“The councillors who are also elected were also suspended and we should realise that only the living can talk,” he mentioned.
Umahi, in his earlier comment earlier than the assembly, threatened to droop the chairmen of Ohaukwu LGA of the state for failing to make sure the people’s safety within the wake of its land dispute with the people of Agila in Benue.
He additionally bemoaned the spate of assaults which led to a number of deaths inside a fortnight at Ikwo, Abakaliki, Amasiri neighborhood of Afikpo North LGA and Onicha Igboeze in Onicha LGA of Ebonyi. (NAN)

Source : NAN

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