Residents of Effium group within the Ohaukwu Native Authorities Space of Ebonyi State have written to the Inspector-Basic of Police, Mohammed Adamu, figuring out the sitting LGA Chairman, Clement Odah, and 4 others of being behind the alarming communal clashes and killings within the space, which has claimed scores of lives.
The Ezza folks in Effium group raised the petition by way of their lawyer, Sampson Ekigbo, who revealed that the violence could proceed if the police don’t step in to arrest the perpetrators recognized as; Nicodemus Omenka, Frank Onwe, Vincent Egbe (Ochinanwata) and Dr Benjamin Egbe.
In the meantime, the Ebonyi State Police Command in a response on Wednesday mentioned there was no sacred cow and the police had began investigating the LGA chairman and recognized individuals within the native authorities.
A replica of the Effium group’s petition, obtained by SaharaReporters, said that over 500 individuals had been killed for the reason that disaster began in January 2021, and properties price billions of naira had been looted and destroyed by criminals.
The group copied its petition additionally to the Nationwide Human Rights Fee, the Amnesty Worldwide, the Chief of Defence Workers, the Chief of Military Workers, the Director of the Division of State Service and the Nationwide Safety Adviser.
The petition partly reads, “Effium communal disaster between Ufiom folks and Ezza folks began on January 22, 2021. The disaster has remained unabated because of the numerous salient causes together with estrangement, political, marginalisation, denial of different social-cultural rights and entitlements in opposition to Ezza folks by the Ufiom folks largely as a result of their son, Clement Omekannaya Odah emerged the Government Chairman of Ohaukwu council.
“Fo the avoidance of doubt, within the current surprising disaster, we the Ezzas have remained beneath assault by numerous mixed teams together with Ufiom natives by way of their stakeholders led by Hon Clement Odah, Nicodemus Omenka, Frank Onwe, Vincent Egbe (Ochinanwata) and Dr Benjamin Egbe, amongst others;
“Two, now we have been attacked by suspected machineries employed by Ufiom folks from Jukun, Bayelsa, Benin and Igbo-esaa in Ebonyi state comprising Iyionu, Nkalagu, Umuhuali, Ezillo, Ntezi, Ntezi Okpoto, Ufiom and different orri-speaking folks; and to a really extent, now we have been compromised by safety brokers working in the neighborhood for the reason that disaster began.
“We most sincerely request as follows; one, that the Federal authorities ought to have eye on Ebonyi state and their safety companies concerned in resolving this disaster and be sure that they’re dispassionate and never discriminatory, and take decisive actions to revive peace and normalcy within the troubled group.
“Two, we request full investigation of the actions of a number of the safety brokers within the Effium disaster, particularly Sunday Oboh and Chkwuma Elom of the Nigeria Police Pressure, Ebonyi command.
“Three, we request the arrest and full investigation of Ohaukwu Native Authorities chairman, Clement Odah and his kinsmen to wit: Nicodemus Omenka, Frank Onwe, Vincent Egbe (Ochinanwata) and Dr Benjamin Egbe, amongst others, and the unlawful deployment of each native and employed males from different elements of the nation with our widespread patrimony from Ohaukwu LG treasury to exterminate Effium indigenes of Ezza extractions.”
Whereas talking in an interview, the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, mentioned they have been beneath police investigation.
“They’re beneath investigation, no person is above the legislation,” he famous.