Umahi Suspends yet Another Coordinator over Communal Conflict

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Mr. Emmanuel Ekuma, the Coordinator of the Ikwo East Development Centre, has been suspended by Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi.

The state’s development centers constitute the state’s fourth tier of government.
There are 64 of them spread throughout 13 different local governments.

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Ikwo Local Government is home to the kw East Development Centre.

Kenneth ägbala, Secretary to the State Government, confirmed the suspension in a statement Friday.

He stated that the suspension is indefinite and effective immediately.

Ugbala said: “Governor Umahi has approved the indefinite suspension of Mr. Ekuma as the coordinator of Ikwo East Development Centre for negligence and dereliction of duty, with immediate effect.

“Consequently, Ekuma is directed to hand over government items in his possession to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner before the close of work on June 2.

“Please, ensure compliance with this directive.”

Although no cause was stated for the coordinator’s suspension, it is suspected that it is related to the outbreak of hostilities between a village in his domain and a neighboring village in Abakaliki Local Government.

The Enyibichiri/Enyingba community issue has raged for years, with conflicts between the two communities resulting in fatalities.

The warring warriors reportedly renewed hostilities a few days ago, resulting in the closure of the Nwakpu/Nkwagu route leading to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike wi.

The college issued a statement yesterday urging members of the university community to avoid driving to school.

The statement, written by Elom Iyke Ubochi, Head of Public Relations, recommended workers and kids to use alternate routes to school.

It stated, “I have the vice chancellor’s directive to alert workers and students to be aware of the Nwakpu/Nkwagu road due to insecurity.”

They are instructed not to use the road when traveling to or from Abakaliki or the institution.
Onueke Road, on the other hand, should be used until the situation normalizes.”

Stephen Orogwu, Chairman of Ikwo Local Government, has pleaded with the people of Ikwo Noyo and Izzi Nnodo to lay down their swords and let peace rule.

According to a statement issued by his media aide, Ugoing to Utulor, the conflict has claimed lives and ruined property.

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