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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Ette youths send SOS to Governor Ugwuanyi over alleged invasion by Kogi indigenes

The attention of the Enugu state government has been drawn to an alleged invasion of Ette community in Igbo Eze north local government area of the state by indigenes of Olamaboro in Kogi state.

In a statement sent to, the youths in Ette community urged the state governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to urgently investigate the remote and immediate cause of incessant invasions, arrests and killings of Ette people by suspected Olamaboro people in Kogi state. gathered that the community has been engulfed with crisis, ahead of the planned local government election in the area scheduled for Saturday, November 4.

Governor Ugwuanyi might need the intervention of federal authorities to nip the crisis in the bud. 

The statement urged Governor Ugwuanyi to ensure that a joint security team be stationed in the area.

The statement further alleged that prominent sons of Olamaboro in Kogi state have perfected plans to use police to intimidate, harass and imprison their suspected opponents.

The recent crisis was said to be as a result of the agitation by a section of Igala speaking people of the community to be indigenes of Kogi state.

The community, which used to be a beehive of activities, particularly on its market days, is said to be a ghost town at the moment as most traders were said to have abandoned their homes for neighbouring villages, for fear of being attacked.

The attackers have allegedly unleashed mayhem on innocent citizens, particularly on the Igbo, Igala and idoma speaking community, destroying property worth several millions of naira.

The statement accused the pro-Kogi youths of Olamaboro of banking on the assistance of serving and retired military and police officers from the area to unleash mayhem on them ahead of the local government election in the area.

According to them, "members of pro-Kogi youths of Olamaboro are boasting of making use of the deputy commissioner of police in charge of operations in Enugu state, DCP Godwin Akoh, who is a son of Olamaboro to drive their cause to a logical conclusion."

They further urged the Inspector General of Police and Enugu state commissioner of police, Dan Mallam Mohammed to intensify efforts in avoiding breakdown of law and order in the area and avoid abuse of office by DCP Godwin Akoh.

The Ette youths pointed out that they are making the appeal to relevant authorities for help, to forestall further carnage in the community and expressed fear over possible roles played by DCP Akoh in the crisis.

They enjoined the Enugu state governor as the chief security Officer of the state to look into the issues raised to avoid a repeat of the Fulani herdsmen invasion of Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu state.


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