APC House Of Reps Candidate, Eni Uduma Breaks Silence Over Ekoli Edda Crisis, Applauds Umahi For Restoring Peace

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… Says he will continue to work for the peace, security and welfare of Ekoli-Edda

A former Chairman of Afikpo South Local Government Area and House of Representatives candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC for Afikpo North/Afikpo South Federal Constituency, Chief Eni Uduma Chima has commended Governor David Nweze Umahi for restoring peace in Ekoli Edda.

9news Nigeria had reported that three persons were allegedly killed as a result of political crisis that erupted at Ekoli-Edda in Afikpo South local government area of the State.

Eni Uduma Chima

In a statement signed by Chief Eni Uduma and seen by our correspondent, the House of Representatives candidate also applauded security agencies “for their professionalism and restraint even in the face of blatant provocation by the rampaging youths.”

The former council Boss stated that the general public should not be deceived by the attempts by desperately wicked individuals to divert attention from objective, thorough and diligent investigation.

Chief Eni Uduma FURTHER condemned the killings, burning of property and said he never sent anybody to undertake unlawful acts, and was never consulted.

According to him, ” I make bold to assert that the arson and killing of a pregnant woman in Amoso Edda have nothing to do with the Ekoli-Edda people, who regrettably violently reacted to the killing of a youth leader- Mr. Eseni Kalu Egwu- in Ekoli Edda. The Amoso Edda atrocities also have nothing to do with the supporters and loyalists of Barr. Eni Uduma Chima who are currently being harassed all over the places by Ebubeagu Operatives.”

The only thing correct in the stories being sold to the public by Mr. Kalu Chima Ekuma also known as ‘Oyeoku’ (Setter of Fire), who is the Afikpo South Commander of Ebubeagu are the facts that buildings were burnt and someone killed. The rest of the narratives which desperately try to link the crimes with those who participated in what happened in Ekoli-Edda and with the supporters of Barr. Eni Uduma Chima is but a fabricated hog-wash which cannot pass even the most superficial scrutiny.”

“My connection to the 26th December incident is simply that I am from Ekoli-Edda. The youths are said to be my ‘boys’, whatever that means. As someone who has led the community well as a scholar, business man, leader of thought, House Member and Council Chairman, and earned their loyalty and trust, I regard not only the youths, but all Ekoli-Edda indigenes as my people. So there you have my men, my women, my girls and my boys. But then, I never sent anybody to undertake unlawful acts, and was never consulted. Take it from Eni Uduma Chima.”

The statement reads,

“A DISPASSIONATE LOOK AT THE SECURITY SITUATION IN EDDA”

“The killing of a pregnant woman and wife of the Commander of Ebubeagu Security Operatives in Afikpo South Local Government Area is extremely wicked and condemnable. This barbaric act cannot be excused under any guise, and I shall invest my time, material and other resources to get to the root of the matter and cause law enforcement agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.”

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“While I condemn in the strongest terms these satanic acts, I make bold to state that the general public should not be deceived by the attempts by desperately wicked individuals to divert attention from objective, thorough and diligent investigation. The red herring will not stand and their dubious conclusion cannot endure, for, it will be exposed for what it is- a sham.”

“I do not wish to join issues with the S.A. to the Governor of Ebonyi State on Internal Security, Hon. Eze Panchris Ikechukwu, concerning the statement attributed to him to the effect that the atrocities of arson and murder of a pregnant woman were traceable to Barr. Eni Uduma Chima, former Chairman of Afikpo South Local Government Area, as the sponsor and “those who call themselves Warriors of Edda or Ekoli…”

“Hon. Eze Panchris Ikechukwu may be speaking from an honest but ignorant mindset, especially having no training in crime and investigation. But then, such disposition should not be a license to sell dummies to the public when he has ample room to double-check and find facts.”

“Eze may also be speaking from emotions, considering the enormity of the crimes and the fact that the Commander of Ebubeagu whose wife was killed, is his comrade. Also, coming at the heels of the ugly occurrences in Ekoli Edda on 26th December 2022, the temptation to generalise hastily is there, yet, one should be circumspect with words not backed up with corresponding facts.”

” I make bold to assert that the arson and killing of a pregnant woman in Amoso Edda have nothing to do with the Ekoli-Edda people, who regrettably violently reacted to the killing of a youth leader- Mr. Eseni Kalu Egwu- in Ekoli Edda. The Amoso Edda atrocities also have nothing to do with the supporters and loyalists of Barr. Eni Uduma Chima who are currently being harassed all over the places by Ebubeagu Operatives.”

The only thing correct in the stories being sold to the public by Mr. Kalu Chima Ekuma also known as ‘Oyeoku’ (Setter of Fire), who is the Afikpo South Commander of Ebubeagu are the facts that buildings were burnt and someone killed. The rest of the narratives which desperately try to link the crimes with those who participated in what happened in Ekoli-Edda and with the supporters of Barr. Eni Uduma Chima is but a fabricated hog-wash which cannot pass even the most superficial scrutiny.”

“My connection to the 26th December incident is simply that I am from Ekoli-Edda. The youths are said to be my ‘boys’, whatever that means. As someone who has led the community well as a scholar, business man, leader of thought, House Member and Council Chairman, and earned their loyalty and trust, I regard not only the youths, but all Ekoli-Edda indigenes as my people. So there you have my men, my women, my girls and my boys. But then, I never sent anybody to undertake unlawful acts, and was never consulted. Take it from Eni Uduma Chima.”

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“Having said that, I or my supporters cannot be held vicariously liable for any misdemeanour or felony attributable to any adult capable of forming intention or others commissioned by unknown persons.”

“Having said that, I will not succumb to any emotional blackmail calculated to tempt me into denying the good people of Ekoli-Edda- men, women, or youths, all of who are loyal and faithful supporters of this Divine Mandate administration. Certainly, I take exception to the over-reaction of that sad day and plead with them not to exercise the Mosaic disposition of tit for tat.”

“On the Amoso abomination, there is proof that the Ebubeagu Commander has motives for the killing of his wife as he has many cases pending with the Nigerian Police. There are also indications that he was expecting an attack and was afraid of his own shadow based on his nefarious activities, in- fact people within Amoso and environs were not surprised at the tragedy. There are also motives for some political actors who by all means do not want Barr. Eni Uduma Chima to contest the 2023 general elections, knowing that he will win a landslide if allowed to contest. These include some megalomaniacs who swore that only over their dead bodies will such eventuality come to pass.”

“A cursory glance at the political activities in Edda will reveal who wants Barr. Eni Uduma Chima expelled from the Party and his Political Associates divested of all political positions. The same persons who have sworn that only over their dead bodies will Barr. Eni Uduma Chima make it to the National Assembly have a private grudge against the Commander of Ebubeagu in Afikpo South Local Government Area, details of which I may not state here so as not to jeopardise successful investigation in an attempt to provide convincing clarifications. These are leads which we shall provide cooperation for the relevant institutions to explore.”

“I am confident in the capacity and ability of the Nigerian Police and other sister Security Agencies to get to the roots of the crimes.”

“The public, including Eze Panchris Ikechukwu, should ignore the cock and bull stories created to divert attention and achieve malicious political goals. They should desist from muddling up the objective findings of the competent hands on the matter with their coloured diversionary unguarded utterances. In a short while, the truth shall overtake wicked falsehood and despicable frame-ups. For, truth is like the Phoenix which if beaten, strangled or burnt will certainly come back to life.”

“On the Killing and Burning of Houses in Ekoli-Edda, I strongly condemn in its entirety the sad events of December 26th, 2022, in my beloved community. I especially regret the fact that I was not in Ekoli-Edda at the material time the problems erupted. I was in Abakaliki, having concluded with the ‘Amasiri Day’ celebration function, which I attended with the Deputy Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, the Chairman of Afikpo North Local Government Area, and the Coordinator of Amasiri Development Centre among hundred others.”

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“Yet, though largely in the dark, I processed the earliest little and vague information I got before the escalation of the incident, and proactively reached out to the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police.”

“I got bits and pieces of information about the developments in Ekoli-Edda on the 26th of December, 2022, when it was a bit late. I regret the unfortunate incident. I feel for the families, friends and loved ones of those who were murdered and those whose properties were destroyed. I shall not go into what caused the problem or who is right or wrong. For, “If you go into the stories of what caused a fight, another fight may take place.”

“However, I am grateful to His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi State for the swift manner in which he stopped the senseless crisis in Ekoli Edda. If not for prompt intervention, the crisis may have consumed the entire community. The immediate deployment of security forces to Ekoli Edda saved the situation. The Governor’s intervention demonstrated the height of responsibility and responsiveness in governance.”

“I appreciate the Nigerian Police, the Army, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the State Security Service, and their allied formations, for their professionalism and restraint even in the face of blatant provocation by the rampaging youths.”

“In the same vein, I also commend the Ebubeagu Operatives who refused to take sides, when all the sides were wrong. After all, “two wrongs cannot not make a right.” God shall bless the different stakeholders of Ebonyi State who contributed in one way or the other in containing the security challenge in Ekoli-Edda.”

“I call for genuine peace in Ekoli-Edda and the reconciliation of the Ekoli-Edda people. “When brothers fight to death, strangers inherit their possessions.” I shall continue to work for the peace, security and welfare of Ekoli-Edda.”

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