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Tension as 6,000 displaced, over 1,000 Houses burnt in Ebonyi, Cross River communal crisis

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FILE PHOTO: Niger Delta ex-militants

 

EBONYI-Scores of people have been reported killed, with no fewer than 6,000 Igbeagu Izzi indigenes of Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State displaced following the inter-communal crisis between Izzi people and their counterparts  n Ukele, Cross River State.

 

over 1,000 houses were destroyed by Ukele militia group fighting in Izzi LGA as so many displaced Izzi people were seen on Abakaliki-Ogoja highway trekking with their belongings to Abakaliki to seek refuge. Addressing displaced persons who converged at Ndi- Akparata Nwenyi village in Igbeagu community in Izzi LGA, the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Kelechi Igwe directed the Cantonment Commander, Lt. Sa’aad Sadiq to immediately deploy more troops to the troubled zone to ensure the safety of both Ebonyians in Izzi and foreigners travelling along the Abakaliki-Ogoja trans Sahara highway. The deputy governor, who appealed to Izzi people to maintain peace and order, assured them that the state government would not fold its arms and watch Ebonyi people slaughtered on the altar of insecurity and wickedness.

 

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