The Guardian (Nigeria)

Ebonyi community accuses council chairman of shielding criminals

• Police clear LG boss, blame town union power tussle

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THE people of Amaeze Ishiagu community in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, yesterday, accused the council chairman, Chief Onyebuchi Ogbadu, of shielding the group behind the killings of innocent people.

The community, in a petition to Governor David Umahi through their lawyer, Patrick Egwu, lamented that it lost over three persons to acts of violence between March and June this year while many others sustained injuries.

Reacting on the matter, however, the spokespers­on of the Ebonyi State Police Command ASP Loveth Odaa, said the crisis stemmed from a power tussle within the town union and that Ogbadu was not responsibl­e.

She said the crisis claimed only the life of one person. She said investigat­ion was still going on and that normalcy has returned to the town.

One of the community leaders, Chief Gilbert Okorie, who briefed reporters in Abakaliki, the state capital, over the incident, blamed a group of men said to be working for one of the prominent politician­s in the community.

He listed those killed in the attacks as Denis Chibueze Igwe and Orji Paul, saying the latter’s corpse was dumped in a quarry.

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