The Ebonyi State Security Council, on Thursday, ordered a manhunt for the killers of over 10 persons in the resumed feud between the people of Enyibichiri and Enyigba communities in the Ikwo and Abakaliki Local Government Areas of the state.
Over 10 persons, including an infant, were reportedly killed in a land dispute that ensued between the two communities last week.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Dr Kenneth Ugbala, said at a press briefing after the council’s meeting that the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted according to the law.
Ugbala commended the state government for suspending political office holders and other stakeholders from the communities for failing to prevent the killings.
According to him, security agencies have been directed to mount surveillance in the areas and ensure that there is no security breach in the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, and its environs.
“This is very nice especially now that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination Board examination is being conducted in the state,” Ugbala said.
The commissioner noted that the government had resolved to compensate victims of the crisis, adding, however, that the compensation would not be immediate.
“But the immediate thing to do will be to condole with the bereaved families and fish out the perpetrators,” Ugbala added.
The Chairman of the committee set up by the state government to review the crisis, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, said that the security council resolved to delineate the affected land.
Nwali, who is also the Chairman of the state branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said the delineation would be carried out by the commissioners of Lands, Works, Internal Security, Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.
He stated, “It will have a canal as its mark and it is hoped that such a step will bring a permanent solution to the problem and bring lasting peace to the areas.
“The council also resolved that to reduce the pains and bitterness of those who lost loved ones and properties, CAN will, through prayers, counsel them to forgive.
“They should look at the prospects of God being the giver of the lost lives as we will counsel them to look upon Him as the owner of tomorrow.”