Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, has said that the federal government will leave no stone unturned in the investigation of killings in Egedegede Community in Ishielu local government area as well as in Effium community in Ohauwkwu Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.
The vice president who made the promise when he visited the affected communities in Egedegede and Effium in company of Governor David Umahi and security agencies condemned the killings adding that President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to the protection of lives and property of all Nigerians irrespective of religion, ethnicity or political affiliation.
He assured that government would ensure adequate compensation of victims and the communities.
Governor Umahi commended the vice president for visiting to see for himself the level of destruction and killings perpetrated by suspected herdsmen.
Umahi noted that there could have bben a counter attack if had he not given his urgent response to the issue. Umahi who described the attack as unprovoked, stated that the incident must be investigated and the perpetrators brought to book to give justice to the victims and re-affirm confidence in the unity and oneness of Nigeria.
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He warned that failure to investigate the killings and bring the attackers to justice might trigger violent retaliation which he said would not augur well for the unity of the nation. Umahi also appealed to the FG to release N3 billion and other relief materials for victims of Effium intra-communal war.
“NEMA should know that Ebonyi is part of Nigeria. They should not wait to be invited. They should come with relief materials. We need N3 billion for the rehabilitation of Effium and the victims of the war,” he said.
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