25 die in Ebonyi communal clash – Umahi

By Ogochukwu Anioke, Abakaliki

Ebonyi Governor David Umahi on Monday said 25 deaths have so far been recorded in the lingering communal crisis between the people of Effium and Ezza Effium in the Effium community of the Ohaukwu local government.

He spoke in Abakaliki, the state capital during a meeting with stakeholders of the community to find lasting solution to the carnage in the area.

The crisis began last month as a clash between two factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the town but soon spread into the community.

Umahi said 26 arms have so far been recovered from the area.

He regretted that 125 houses, fuel and gas stations were also burnt.

He blamed chairman of Ohaukwu the council, Clement Odah, who is from the community and the member representing Ohaukwu North constituency in the House of Assembly, Chinedu Awọ fọr the crisis.

He said the crisis wouldn’t have occurred if Odah and Awo listened to his instructions…

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