Communal crises: Ebonyi calls for FG intervention
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