The governor of Ebonyi state Chief David Umahi on Thursday has directed security agencies to shoot at sight anyone who tries to kill any Ebonyi man within and outside the state.
Umahi, in a 13 points communique arising from the enlarged security meeting, held at the exco chambers old government House, which was signed by the secretary to the Ebonyi state government, Mr. Kenneth Ugbala and forwarded to Ebonyi News Network in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital.
The communique reads in part: “That 150 youths drawn from Ikwo LGA, Ezza South LGA and Abakaliki LGA are hereby deployed under a joint security task force of the police – The Army, SSS, Civil Defense and any other security force as may want to incorporate in the joint security task force.
“The Governor directs the security agencies to shoot at sight and possibly shoot to kill anyone who tries to kill any Ebonyian within and outside this location.
“Government warns that she will not fold her hands and see any Ebonyians killed in any part of the state or even outside the state.
“Ebonyi State Government thanked the security agencies for their massive deployment to the troubled location and would wish to assure the good people of Ohankwu and Amana to go about their normal businesses in a very peaceful and enterprising form as their lives and properties are fully secured by the Government under the leadership of Gov. David Umahi” he said.
The governor also revoked all licences belonging to all miners operating at Ohankwu and Amana communities of Ikwo and Ezza south local government areas of Ebonyi state.
The revoke of the licenses followed the lingering crisis that ensued between Ohankwu and Amana
Communities which had resulted to lost of lives and destruction of properties worth millions of naira.
“That all mining sites in Ohankwu and Amana communities are stopped with immediate effect.
“That all licence for mining in the affected communities is hereby revoked; the right and license of the miners are revoked immediately as the licence holders are fingered to be part of the instigators of the crisis.
“By the law of the state, the two mining sites in Ohankwu and Amana, between the stream are hereby revoked and taken over by Ebonyi State Government in accordance with our peace law.
“Government directs that no one is allowed to enter the said land, either for Agriculture, Mining or for any other purpose”.
Umahi, however inaugurated a committee headed by the Chairman of CAN, Ebonyi State chapter, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali to negotiate for peace settlement between the two communities within 30 days.
“The committee will include the both Council Chairmen of Ezza South and Ikwo LGAs, the Youth Leaders of Ohankwu and Amana and the committee has 30 days to give the state government the true ownership of the land before government took over the ownership.
“The peace committee shall interview the leaders of Ikwo LGA, Leaders of Ezza South LGA and specifically, leaders of Amana and Ohankwu elders.
“The both communities shall submit documents that can justify their claims before the acquisition was done by government.
“Government warns that all miners who caused this trouble must be arrested within seven days and arraigned in court by the Attorney General of the State in accordance with the laws of the state for bleach of public peace” he stated.