The government of Ebonyi state Tuesday inaugurated a nine-man Commission of Enquiry into the December, 26th, and 1st, January, crises in Ekoli and Amoso Edda Afikpo South local government area of Ebonyi state.
The state Governor David Umahi inaugurated the Commission at Ebunwana Edda during a Security meeting.
He lamented the environmental disorder in Edda which he observed has led to the loss of lives and hard-earned resources.
“It was never like this before now, we have had a lot of killings all over Edda, especially during elections; cultism, gunrunning, and other vices. We don’t want it to continue, we want it to stop.”
The Governor directed the reporting of anyone found in possession of a firearm to forestall further breakdown of law and order anywhere in the State.
“If you show me, somebody who has an AK47 gun, no matter who the person is, I will lead the operation and we will arrest the person.
“The moment you conform with the laws of the land, you will have peace, God never asked anybody to kill somebody to be elected.
“What happened in Ekoli is a sacrilege, it is terrible and it is something we should cry out to the Lord for forgiveness. Brother killing brother is a sacrilege, it is shameful, what is it that is worth the life of a brother? It is selfishness.
“What happened in Ekoli, I have looked beyond the problem, I have looked at tomorrow, unless something is done and done sincerely by you people, it will have devastating consequences.
“I can’t be supporting you when your hands are unclean with blood, this life is very temporal, no one has control of his or her life, everyday is by the mercies of God, we ought to be grateful to God, there are things you must leave to God.”
Umahi called on the Edda people to seek the face of God to sanitize the area from bloodshed.
“The land has been spoilt, the people of Edda should do what the people of Nineveh did.
“There is still a way out, let’s seek the face of God in sincerity. This nine-man Commission, are you going to be divided alongside these people? There is no forgiveness without confession of sins, it is only when you confess in the Catholic way that confession can be effected.”
The Governor enjoined members of the nine-man Commission of Enquiry headed by Senator Sonni Ogbuoji to carry out their responsibilities devoid of any sentiments.
Other members of the Commission according to the Governor include Honourable Nkama Nkama Ude – Secretary
Chief Mike Okoro -member, Prince Etta Uka – Member, Engr. Kalu Ama Mba – Member, John Igwe – Member, Prof. Ibiam Ekpe – Member, Engr. Hon. Ufere Okoroafor- Member and Ama Kalu Ikwor -Member
The Commissioner of Police, Garba Aliyu admonished the people to toe the line of reconciliation to ensure a timely return of peace to the area.
“We are peace officers but the law is not a respecter of anybody, so we must be careful in whatever thing we are doing, those found guilty definitely will be charged to Court”.
The Minister of State for Health, Joseph Ekumankama appreciated Security Agencies for the timely containment of the carnage and assured that the people would embrace peace.
Others, former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Chief Francis Orji, the Chairman, of Edda Traditional Rulers Council, Ezeogo Charles Azuenya, and Chief Nkama Nkama Ude appealed to the people especially the protagonists to accept peace and reunite with their people.
Senator Sonni Ogbuoji and Chief Mike Okoro assured that they would discharge their duties diligently and without fear or favor.
Among the terms of reference for the Commission of Enquiry are to bring peace between the two protagonists, forestall further gunshots in the whole of Edda and restore peace to the entire Clan.
The two protagonists, Chief Eni Uduma Chima and Chief Stanley Emegha pledged to abide by the resolution of the Commission of Enquiry.