Effect/Hinderances of Local War/Crisis in my Community

It is imperative that peace and Love is the phenomenon and factors the brings success, economic growth, and development in any give community, State or Nation at large. I actual hale from Ezillo in Ishielu LGA of Ebonyi Stae, Nigeria. its quite unfortunate fatal and so painful to have witness a Bloody WAR/CRISIS eropped from both communities( Ezza & Ezillo) with the above address.

It is no longer news to hear that Ebonyi State since creation has never made significant achievement, due to what I wish to describe as pockets of conflicts spread across the ethnic (groups) of the young state. One of the achievements or legacies of the late General Sani Abacha was the creation of Ebonyi as a state, aimed at developing the state from the grassroots and empowering its citizens economically.

Sad to note that the people and, indeed, their leaders do not appreciate the initiatives and contributions of the military leaders, creating Ebonyi.  It is important to point out again that while the state is bedevilled with crises…. (also)  Ezza – Ezillo has since 2008 attracted global attention . It is no longer news that the state government under the leadership of Governor Martin Elechi cannot resolve the dispute, which arose, following a disagreement between two phone vendors, over who should mount an umbrella at a point in a market square.

Agreed that this misunderstanding between two brothers resulted in arsons and killings, among other senseless acts, by the communities in 2008, one would wish to ask where the government lies, if since that time this has continued to attract “bad blood”. Investigation shows that Ebonyi State Government’s over-bearing interest in the case is the main reason that the crisis has remained unresolved. The state, according to sources close to government house Abakaliki, commits N600 million monthly to prosecute Ezza-Ezillo crisis.  If you multiply this amount by four years, you will appreciate the fact that this state government has not been fair to both Ezzas and Ezillo people residing in Ishielu Local Government.  Another

issue that needs to be re-examined is the reason for promoting the crisis between two brothers who have been leaving together since 1958 rather than settling it.   It is important to state  that if the state could not resolve the conflict, it is honourable to invite the federal government or the federal lawmakers, as it stands at the moment.What happened on the 31st December, 2011 when many innocent persons were killed by unknown gunmen could have been avoided if the state government had shown interest in settling the matter. As other organisations have commented, this senseless killing of innocent persons, is condemnable and the culprits must be fished out and brought to book. It is also condemnable that the state is spending tax-payers money to promote killings in a state with rising poverty and diseases. It is on global record that Ebonyi State is the poorest in the country.

in 2010, the then Inspector-General of Police, Ogbonnaya Onovo, ordered a large scale police operation in the area to flush out militants who by then were killing innocent users of Abakaliki-Enugu Expressway at will. In what may be regarded as a major breakthrough since the beginning of the war, the police captured 34  persons, including women. A combined team of men of the Ebonyi State Command and those of the Force Headquarters, Abuja, stormed six enclaves of the warring militants. The operation which lasted seven days was led by then Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dipo Ayeni, and Acting Commissioner of Police in charge of Mobile Force in the Force Headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Felix Uyanna.

The operation witnessed the deployment of police helicopter and over 1,500 mobile policemen from various mobile units across the country. The police sacked the remaining Ezza people from the disputed area and were forced to relocate to Ezza North Local Government area (their ancestral home) where they are staying till date. That was around April 2010. But the operation witnessed a huge casualty with more than 400 lives lost, including those of 16 policemen, three soldiers on the Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway. The large scale police exercise then brought the crisis to an end, until the December 31, 2011 attacks that re-opened the old wounds. Observers believe that permanent peace can only return in the area if the matter is withdrawn from court and amicable solution sought through continuous dialogue. However, killing and revenge actions will only cause more pains and make reconciliation a remote possibility.

In January 02, 2011, Ezillo communities in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi State witness a hurge and highest amount of killings; where some armed hoodlums had brutally killed over 52 persons last Saturday, now indicates that a total of 14 more dead bodies have been identified and recovered from different locations in the area. The dead bodies which were found inside remote areas of the communities are said to be innocent members of the communities who met their waterloo as the hoodlums were trying to escape through some unidentified routes linking to other parts of the state. Going by the discovery, the total number of those killed has now risen to 66 as some have been deposited at the Federal University Teaching Hospital, FUTH, Abakaliki, while mass burial was conducted for others in the area.
In an inspection tour of the area, weekend, Assistant Inspector-General of Police, in charge of zone 6 Calabar, AIG Saidu Daya assured the people of adequate security adding that mobile policemen from Rivers, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom states had already been deplored to the affected community to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.
He warned the people of both communities not to carry out reprisal attacks on themselves as any action in that direction would lead to insolvable break down of law and order, which might not be in their interest and the state at large. Daya expressed optimism that in no distant time that calmness, peace and stability would return to the area adding that men of the Criminal Investigation Department, CIDs, would also be deplored in the area so as to ensure full scale investigation into the matter.
Source: Vanguard NG
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