Com­mu­nal crises: Ebonyi calls for FG in­ter­ven­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nabob Og­bonna, Abaka­liki

An of­fi­cial of the Ebonyi State Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day ap­pealed for fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion in end­ing the in­ter-state com­mu­nal cri­sis be­tween Ozuofia Edda in Abaka­liki Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state and their neigh­bor­ing vil­lage in Obubura, Cross River State.

The Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Se­cu­rity to Gover­nor David Umahi, Dr. Ken­neth Og­bala, said in an in­ter­view with Daily Trust in Abaka­liki that meet­ings of gover­nors of the two states had not yielded any pos­i­tive re­sult.

Og­bala who at­trib­uted the de­lay in the peace process to ‘lack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tude’ of their sis­ter state, said such at­ti­tude “is the rea­son we are call­ing on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to come to our aid by cau­tion­ing our sis­ter state to cease fire and stop at­tack­ing the peo­ple of Ozuofia-Edda.”

He said the state had recorded over three com­mu­nal crises since the in­cep­tion of Gover­nor Umahi’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, and that some of the crises were in­her­ited from the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“From Jan­uary till now we have recorded Adadama and Echi­ayim and that one has been there. An­other is Egi­tumo Azuofia Edda and Adamana and Echieyim. But the worse of it is the present one be­tween the peo­ple of Abaka­liki LGA shar­ing bound­ary with Obu­rura in Cross River,” he said.

Joseph Umahi Nweze

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