On the weekend, the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, put a curfew on the town of Effium to prevent more killings of farmers and unrest in the state by unidentified gunmen.
Over the last three days, the Effium culture has been ravaged by bloody battles between two tribes, Effium speaking persons and Ezza indigenes.
According to the inquiry, the brutal clashes between the two tribes resulted in the death of over seven civilians and the burning of hundreds of homes.
As a result, Governor Umahi put a curfew on Ebonyi on Sunday to avert further worsening of the unrest.
In a statement signed and forwarded to reporters by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Barr Uchenna Orji, Umahi announced this.
The statement reads in part: “The Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi deeply frowns at the unabated violence and wanton destruction of lives and property in Effium community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area.”
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“In his determination to restore peace and order, the Governor has imposed a curfew in Effium community from 4pm to 8am on a daily basis with effect from Sunday, 24th January, 2021, until normalcy returns to the affected community.”
“The Governor further directs the Security Agencies to ensure the strict enforcement of the curfew and to deal decisively with any person or group of persons involved in killings and or destruction of property of the people no matter whose ox is gored,” he said.