Ebonyi State government, Wednesday, placed dusk to dawn curfew on Ezza, Ezza Effium communities, in Ohaukwu local government area, following continuous clashes in the area which has led to lost of lives and wanton destruction of properties.
Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji, who made the disclosure at the Exco Chambers, Old Government House, Abakaliki, shortly after the executive council meeting said that the curfew began yesterday.
Orji said EXCO further resolved that anybody who sends false information or false alarm on the situation in Effium/Ezza Effium shall be prosecuted.
“EXCO noted the report on Effium/Ezza Effium and commended the efforts of Government in; establishing additional 2 Mobile Police units in the communities and providing additional 600 Soldiers to the affected community.
“EXCO considered a report on the activities of the Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area and all elected/appointed officials from the Area.
“EXCO frowned at the actions and inactions of the elected and appointed public office holders which were responsible for the crisis in the area.
“EXCO recommended to Ebonyi State House of Assembly that all elected/appointed officials from Effium and Ezza Effium including the Councilors, the Council Chairman and the EBHA Member be suspended from office”, he stated
On the attack on four communities in Ishielu local government area, by herdsmen, he noted: “EXCO frowned very seriously at the killings at Egedegede Community in Ishielu Local Government Area. The Governor had visited the scene yesterday and demanded justice for the victims from the Security Agencies.
“The LGA Chairmen were directed to form local vigilante and put cross bars at strategic locations.
“EXCO directed that 100 Neighbourhood Watch per LGA be deployed to effectively police our various communities.