Ebonyi killings: Umahi restates stand to prosecute perpetrators


Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi, says he is not considering the release of detained All progressives Congress (APC) State Chairman, Stanley Emegha and APC Candidate for Afikpo North/Afikpo South Federal Constituency, Eni Uduma Chima until all those behind the recent killings in Ekoli Edda Afikpo south Local government Area are arrested and prosecuted.

Governor Umahi stated this when he paid an unscheduled visit to the area on Tuesday.

Umahi insisted that a joint security taskforce will continue to maintain their presence at Ekoli Edda until normalcy returns to the area.

Mr Stanley Emegha

“I will not release any of your children that I am holding until all those behind the killings are identified and prosecuted.”

He said he attaches much importance to the sanctity of human lives and was not ready to do their bidding until justice is dispensed.

“I know that we are in a political period and my rigid stand on doing the right thing might get us to lose some votes, I am ready to lose but I will win with Jesus! The right thing must be done”
The Governor also directed the Commissioner of Police, Garba Aliyu to ensure that security Agents on surveillance duty at the troubled Ekoli Edda do so according to the rules of engagement.

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“The CP and all the Service Chiefs, we must obey all the rules of engagement, if there is anything the Security is doing to you that you don’t like, tell the Chairman so that he will come and tell me.”

The Governor called on supporters of the two major protagonists to exercise restraint in order not to reignite the crisis.

The Chairman of Afikpo South Local Government Area, Mr Chima Ekumankama and some Women Leaders, Mrs Esther Ogbu and Nnenna Rock appreciated the Governor for giving them peace after they were displaced by activities of unknown gunmen on December 26, 2022.


The women appealed to the Governor to consider releasing their sons in detention due to their involvement in the recent carnage in the area to pave way for reconciliation.

Governor Umahi during the visit gave the displaced women 200 pieces of hi-target wrapper, 200 bags of rice and two million naira as relief packages.

The Governor was accompanied on the visit by the Minister of State for Health, Chief Joseph Ekumankama.

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