Ebonyi community petitions Umahi over alleged attacks, killings in Ivo LG

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Stakeholders of Amaeze, Ishiagu community, Ivo local government area of Ebonyi State at the weekend petitioned Governor David Umahi to intervene on the alleged incessant attacks and killings of peasant farms by thugs.

One of the community leaders, Gilbert Okorie who addressed journalists in Abakaliki, accused a group of thugs allegedly working for one prominent politician in the community of carrying out the killings and attacks.

Okorie said between March and June this year, the community have lost over three persons over violent acts and many injured.

He listed those killed in the incessant attacks as Denis Chibueze Igwe, Orji Paul who he said was killed and his corpse dumped inside a quarry pit, among others.

The community leader, however, accused the council Chairman, OnyebuchI Ogbadu of shielding the said group that has been masterminding the killings.

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He said: “People that are not from Amaeze wouldn’t have been coming from another community to attack the people of Amaeze and be killing them without the council Chairman knowing it and the Chairman has been keeping mute in all these things.

“From March till date, the Chairman of Ivo local government area, Chief Onyebuchi Ogbadu has kept mute” Okorie stressed.

In a swift reaction, the council chairman, Mr. Ogbadu dismissed Okorie’s allegation as unfounded and untrue.

“It is Gilbert Okorie and his brother that are the problem. It is a known fact in Ebonyi, it is not something hidden and I am not keeping quiet.

“I am from Akaeze and they are from Ishiagu and they don’t always agree. When you talk, they say they are the owners of the land. So, I did not keep quiet, I have been writing to the government and nobody is keeping quiet. We don’t want to go into press war because it is not press matter, it’s about justice ”, he said.

When contacted, the community through its lawyer, Patrick Egwu said they had written to Governor Dave Umahi to use his good offices to cause a holistic investigation into the matter to immediately put an end to the incessant killings, attacks and wanton destruction of properties in the area.

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