31 January 2013

Nigeria: Cross River Legislators Accuse Ebonyi Governor of Inciting Killings

Calabar — Cross River State lawmakers have accused the governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martins Elechi, of visiting Adadama community in Itigidi Local Government Area of the state, where there was communal clash, and making inciting statements.

At the House of Assembly sitting yesterday, John Gaul, the member representing Abi state constituency, raised a motion on the communal clash and killings of January 14 and 19 in Adadama community.

And lending his voice to the debate, Jacob Enyia, representing Boki state constituency, said when the Ebonyi State governor visited the scene, he spurred his people to maintain their stand even when leaders of the two states were attempting to hold a peace meeting.

Also speaking on the matter, Speaker of the Assembly, Larry Odey, said Ebonyi people were the aggressors and that they were heavily armed. He added that Ebonyi governor as well as the National Boundary Commission owe his state and people explanations over the invasion of their communities.

Odey blamed security agencies over what he described as gross failure in their assigned intelligence gathering duties.

"We shall not sit down again and watch our people slaughtered by hostile neighbours," he said.

In their five-point resolution, the Assembly called on the Federal Government to deploy security apparatus to the affected communities to ensure the safety of the people, and that those found culpable in the violence should be prosecuted. They also want the National Emergency Management Agency and the state counterpart, SEMA to immediately send relief materials to those who were displaced.

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