The individuals of Echara neighborhood in Ikwo LGA of Ebonyi State yesterday stated three boys from the neighborhood are nonetheless lacking after the assault that led to the burning to loss of life of seven members of the family from Okpeera village of the neighborhood.
The city union President of the neighborhood, Hon. Nwonu Sunday disclosed this when the state governor visited Ikwo LGA to commiserate with the household who misplaced 7 individuals within the assault.
Recall that 7 members of the family of Ikwo origin getting back from Ebonyi State College matriculation ceremony final month had been burnt to loss of life alongside Enyigba/Ikwo street by suspected warlords working for Enyigba neighborhood in Abakaliki LGA following a renewed boundary dispute between the neighborhood and Enyibichiri in Ikwo LGA of the state.
The 2 communities have been enmeshed in intractable boundary dispute for years which have led to the loss of life of many and destruction of properties price thousands and thousands of naira.
Nwonu defined that the three boys who had been getting back from the matriculation ceremony on motorbike had been kidnapped the identical day alongside the identical axis the place the opposite members of the neighborhood had been burnt to loss of life.
Their names in line with him embody Udoka Nteh, Chibunna Nkwuda and Chukwuma Nwoba.
Nwonu stated the data accessible to them is that the three boys are being held captive at a forest the place they’re tied to bushes by the individuals of Enyigba.
He appealed to the governor to prevail on the individuals of Enyigba to free the three boys.
“If the killing of the 7 members of John Nweke’s household is what would deliver everlasting peace, we won’t query God, as a result of he is aware of every little thing.
“However we need to enchantment to the Governor to make sure that the three of our youths who’ve been lacking because the incident are launched to us.
“We are hearing rumors that they are tied in the forest by Izzi people. Let them be released to us”, he stated.
“At least, we are consoled by the fact that we saw the corpses of those that were burnt and confirmed they are dead but the other three people, we can’t say that they are dead or alive because we didn’t see their bodies”, he stated.
Whereas thanking the state governor for his concern, Nwonu stated they’ve refused to go to conflict regardless of repeated provocations from neighboring communities, as a result of they’ve sworn not to take action.
Additionally talking, Mr Andrew Nteh, corroborated the ordeals of the neighborhood including that his son, Udoka is without doubt one of the three boys lacking.
He urged Authorities to rescue the trio, including that the one approach there may very well be everlasting peace was for presidency to fish out the killers of their individuals who had been getting back from matriculation.
Nteh stated the neighborhood is being provoked from all fronts by different neighboring communities however they’d proceed to take care of the a part of peace in order to not pose any downside to the state authorities.
Mr. John Nweke who misplaced 7 members of his household counseled the state authorities for displaying concern however appealed to the governor to come back to his help.
In his speech, the governor who was represented by his Senior Particular Assistant (SSA) on Welfare and Faith, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, urged the deceased household and the whole neighborhood to take coronary heart over the loss.
Nwali who led different Ministers of God and CAN management to the condolence go to assured that authorities was doing every little thing doable to make sure lasting peace within the state.
He stated that Authorities has arrange judicial panel of inquiry to analyze the disaster and guaranteed that anyone discovered culpable would quickly be dropped at guide.