Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Wednesday, ordered a dusk to dawn curfew in Effium community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state so as to avert further killings and destruction of properties in the area.
The state further approved the addition of 600 soldiers that would be drafted to restore peace in Effium community.
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The Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr Uchenna Orji, made this known to journalists on Wednesday.
Orji said that the decision was reached at the end of this week’s state executive council meeting.
This came barely 48 hours after the governor visited the area so as to appeal to the two warring clans (Ezza and Effium).
Daily Trust gathered that despite the peace initiative and signing of peace pact by stakeholders of both clans, killings and destruction of properties still persist in the area.
“Today, EXCO resolved to place dusk to dawn curfew in Effium with effect from today the 31 March 2021.
“EXCO also commended the state government for providing 600 additional soldiers to the area.
“Also, in Effium and Ezza crisis, exco noted the efforts of the state government in providing additional two mobile police units in the area.
“Again, Exco frowned at the activities of all those elected and appointed public office holders from the area which the Exco felt were largely responsible in the crisis,” he explained.
The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) had earlier on Wednesday called on the federal government to immediately declare a state of emergency in the state to put a stop to the ongoing killings of defenceless citizens in the Effium community.