By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state yesterday accused some political office holders from Ohaukwu local government area of sabotaging government efforts at ending the lingering border war between Ebonyi and Benue states.
The governor, who disclosed this during a meeting with stakeholders held at the executive council chambers in government house, Abakaliki, stated he would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone fanning the embers of war between the two states.
According to him, the stakeholders were to sign an undertaking with the deputy governor, that if there was any further aggression against Agila people resulting in the death of Ebonyi people, they should be ready to present themselves for arrest and prosecution.
“Ohaukwu people and the Agila side are the aggressors. And what is happening is that, it is the problem of sabotage from Ohaukwu leaders. I was told there was a security committee whose chairman was removed and another installed.
“The other people will now go and throw stone from the Agila side and give them information on how to kill Ohaukwu people. We are placing the security of the place in their hands, including the chairman of the local government.
“The constitution we swore to uphold says about the lives and welfare of the people. If a local government chairman does not know what is happening in his local government area to even give information, it means he is not a local government chairman. He is not capable.
“It is very important. But you are not yet on suspension. It is for you to come and sign undertaking with the deputy governor that if there is any form of aggression again, it is for you to resign or turn in the people that are sabotaging the efforts government”, he stated.
Some of the political office holders in attendance were Clement Odah, Fredrick Onwe, member Local Government Service Commission, Donatus Agbo, technical assistant to the governor, Peter Okorie, member Pension Board, Margaret Ominyi, councillor, Onyekachi Ejem, liaison officer, Barrister James Onah is a zonal chairman.