Ebonyi/Benue Boundary Crisis: Gunmen Behead Peace Panel Members

Airtel Nigeria Call services
Social sharing

Four members of a peace committee set up by both Ebonyi and Benue state governments to end the age-long boundary dispute between the people of Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi and their neighbours Agila, in Ardo Local Government Area of Benue State, were on Thursday beheaded by unknown warlords.

Last week, Deputy Governors of Ebonyi and Benue states, Dr. Kelechi Igwe and Chief Benson Abonu held a meeting at the Government House, Abakaliki and inaugurated three committees namely, Inter-community peace committee, Ohaukwu/Ado Inter-Local Governments Peace Committee and a Technical Committee with members drawn from the National Boundary Commission, Office of Surveyor General of the Federation and Surveyors General of Ebonyi and Benue states to end killings, maiming and destructions in the crisis.

But on Wednesday, four members of the peace committee who hailed from Ngbo community, in the Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State, were beheaded, while two others sustained severe injuries on their way to a peace meeting in Benue State over the crisis.

The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, on Thursday summoned a stakeholders’ meeting of people from the area and ordered the arrest of the chairman, Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi state, Hon. Clement Odah and 39 others over the killing.

9news Nigeria learnt that the incident took place barely a week after the inauguration of the committees.

Visibly angry Umahi ordered the police and the Department of State Services in the state to arrest stakeholders from the area and interrogate them over the crisis.

“Those arrested will be going to the police and DSS every day over the matter after their bail,” he said.

The governor said the killing was not ordinary and accused the stakeholders of causing the crisis.

He said, “I am not a fool. These things are done by you people. There is no any other person that did it. It is like you give somebody salt, you give him water. How can you say that these people killed were ambushed?

“I have asked them to audit all your resources, those of you from Ohaukwu Local Government Area.”

But briefing the governor at Executive Chamber of the Government House earlier, the Chairman of Ohaukwu, Clement Odah, noted that the killings occurred barely one week after the Deputy Governor of Benue State and his Ebonyi counterpart, including the Chairman of Ardo LGA of Benue State, visited Ebonyi State and inaugurated three committees to find a lasting solution to the killings in the area.

About Wisdom Nwedene 7751 Articles
Wisdom Nwedene is a seasoned investigative reporter. He is currently an editor @9News Nigeria and also a social media strategist, writer, freelancer. Wisdom Nwedene has also interviewed many top Nigerian celebrities and Politicians.To always get our news update on WhatsApp, call or text 'add me' to. ,+234703 4977317 or send me message via Facebook : Wisdom Nwedene(https://www.facebook.com/wisdom.nwedene) Share your story with us: +234703497 7317 ( Call & SMS only) Email: Nwedenewisdom@gmail.com

Be the first to comment

Leave your comment

UBA Bank
  • Brief History of Donald Trump You Must Know About

    Coronavirus: President Trump Finally Fulfills Promise, Sends 200 Ventilators To Nigeria

    Social sharing

    Social sharingUS President Donald Trump has finally fulfilled his promise to send ventilators to Nigeria. Trump, in a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari in Read more

  • BREAKING!! Russia Approves World’s First Coronavirus Vaccine. Putin’s Daughter Vaccinated

    Social sharing

    Social sharingVladimir Putin announced on Tuesday morning that Russia has registered the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus. He says the vaccine is effective in forming Read more

  • Stevia plant

    HEALTH & LIFESTYLE: Does Stevia Help with Weight Loss?

    Social sharing

    Social sharingThe bottom line is that the only way to lose weight is to create a calorie deficit by eating fewer calories than your body burns Read more

  • BREAKING!! China Seals Off Entire Village After One Person Died Of Bubonic Plague Disease

    Social sharing

    Social sharingThe unnamed patient died of circulatory system failure after contracting the bubonic plague, health authorities have confirmed, although it’s unknown how they caught it. Read more

  • Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

    Activists oppose release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes (GMM) in Africa

    Social sharing

    Social sharingIn Summary • Global Prolife Alliance claims the technology used on the mosquitoes is “very” harmful. • The organisation leader, Dr Philip C. Njemanze, Read more