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  • Updated: February 28, 2023

Arrest Killers Of Ebonyi Monarch, Umahi Tells Security Agents

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has directed security agents to apprehend the killers of Ezeogo Igboke Ewa, a traditional ruler in one of the communities in Ezza North Local Government Area of the state.

Umahi gave the order during a press conference held in Abakaliki on Tuesday.

Ewa, a first-class traditional ruler, was killed in his residence on Monday night by unmen.

“The son called me from where he was hiding and said that gunmen had killed his father and were also looking for his children.

"I had to immediately send the police, the army and the men from the Department of State Services (DSS) to take over their compound and rescue them.

“I tried to ask questions about him and he said that his father was supporting the candidate of a particular party which has not gone down well with another party and it’s being suspected that it could be the source of his killing.

"So, I have directed the Commissioner of Police to fish out the perpetrators and their sponsors, and I hope he has to do that", the governor said.

Umahi said that the killing of the traditional ruler might be politically-motivated, stressing that no life was worth wasting because of political office.

“This is a man that was above 80 years; a man well respected beyond the shores of this state and just for political reasons, the man was shot dead.

“It is so disturbing and it is important that the security agents do the needful and arrest further killings in the state.

“I thought that democracy is about making different choices and not asking those that have opposing views to have their lives terminated. It is so shocking and I’m still in shock of what could have informed anybody to go and kill the man.”


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