Displaced Ebonyi indigenes in Cross River can’t return –ESEMA

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The Ebonyi State Government says it has no plans to send back its indigenes sacked by the Ekajiok community in the Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State after a communal clash.

Over 2,000 indigenes of Ebonyi State were allegedly displaced on Monday from the Ekajiok community by residents of the area.

The Head of Relief and Rehabilitation, Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Chibueze Iteshi, stated this in Abakaliki on Friday during an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH.

He said it would be insensitive of the state government to expose its indigenes to danger amid crisis as Governor David Umahi had the interest of the citizens at heart.

Iteshi said, “When these people (victims) were displaced from Cross River State, the governor directed that we compile their names. The governor further directed all the local government chairmen to integrate them to their communities and villages.

“The chairmen complied. They came to convey their people and their records were taken. They cannot go back to Cross River State now because we are not sure if normalcy has returned to the community from where they were evicted. If we take them back to Cross River, we could be endangering their lives.

“If they wish, they can return to the state to continue their business there; and if they don’t wish, they can stay back in Ebonyi.”

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