Governor David Umahi, yesterday, maintained that the stakeholders arrested in connection with the killings and destruction of properties at Effium and Ezza-Effium communities in Ohaukwu Council of Ebonyi State would remain in detention until peace returns to the area.
Speaking at the second enlarged meeting at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, the governor stated that if the mayhem continued, his administration would be forced to charge those indicted for murder.
He said: “The killings should stop from today. If it continues, I will hunt for the leaders and charge them for murder. Enough is enough.
“You have a lot to lose if the crisis continues. You can’t call for genocide against the people. The Ring Road project may be delayed if the crisis continues.”
The governor added: “When you see evil, you have to speak out. I commend those of you who have done that. I am pleading to you. I am begging you. There’s a way you will continue to kill, the state will rise against you.
“I feel so sad. Let us stop these killings. I have no money to rebuild houses. If I am to do that, it will be in Ezza-Ezilo.”
The parley ended with a strong commitment by both sides to live together in peace, as they apologised for the needless deaths. During a visit yesterday to the war-torn settlements, Umahi assured them of government’s disposition for last peace in the all nooks and crannies of the state.x