The chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Clement Odah, has confirmed that four people lost their lives in a boundary crisis between Ebonyi and Benue.
Clement Odah said the killings occurred barely one week after the inauguration of a peace committee set up by the two state governments
“About four people have reportedly been killed in a boundary crisis between Ebonyi and Benue states while two others were critically injured,” he said
E247mag.com learnt that the deceased were members of a peace committee set up by the two state governments to end the age-long boundary dispute.
Ebonyi state governor David Umahi who was visibly angry immediately summoned stakeholders meeting of the area.
Odah added that the killings occurred barely one week after the inauguration of the committees.
“Each time we meet and agree that peace should reign, the Agila people will always breach that peace. This one is one of the cases of those cases of breaches and the effect is that it has left in our place, a large number of IPDs.”
However, the governor who was furious about the situation lamented that it was not a natural cause and accused the stakeholders of aiding and abating the crisis
“I am not a fool,” he charged. “These things are done by you people. There is no other person that did it. It is like you give somebody salt, you give him water.
“How can you say that these people killed were ambushed? I have asked them to audit all your resources from Ohaukwu local government,” he said
Umahi ordered police and DSS to arrest stakeholders from the area, including the council chairman, Odah for interrogation.