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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state gave orders on thursday that his Deputy Chief of Staff, Fidelis Okpata, and other”political office holders and stakeholders” from the warring Ekpomaka and Inyimagu communities be arrested pending the amicable resolution of the violent crisis in the area is over.
The Governor gave the order during security meeting held on thursday with security chiefs and residents from both Ikwo and Abakaliki local government areas of the state at the Executive Council Chambers, Abakaliki
According to source close to the state government the order to arrest Mr Okpata and others was effected immediately by the Commissioner of Police in the State, Titus Lamorde.
Governor Umahi according to source was infuriated that despite his peace moves over the persistent hostilities between the two communities in which lives and property worth millions of naira have been lost,the people have continued with the carnage.
“I am sad that there is still crisis in these communities despite the fact that we set up a committee in this state to look into the matter. We pleaded with the communities to allow a ceasefire and await the outcome of the committee report but it does appear that they do not want to give peace a chance.
“I therefore order the Commissioner of Police to arrest all the stakeholders and political office holders from the communities. Without looking back, all of you in this Executive Council Chamber are under arrest. I want the Commissioner of Police to detain you people until peace returns to the communities.”
Umahi warned that his administration would close it’s eyes to act targeted destroying lives and properties of citizenries and promised that any found culpable will face the full weight of the law.