January 17, (THEWILL) – Ebonyi State Government has set up a peace and reconciliation committee to resolve the crisis that erupted at Ekoli Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the state.
Barr. Uchenna Orji, Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, revealed this on Tuesday, while briefing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting of Monday, 16th January, 2023, held at the new Exco chamber, Ochudo Centenary city.
Orji disclosed that preliminary testimonies from the apprehended culprits of the Ekoli Edda mayhem have exonerated the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha, of any involvement in the crises, police reports.
Orji said, “Exco received a briefing on the police interim report on the ugly incident that happened in Edda, Afikpo South Local Government Area and the Governor’s directive on those involved in the unfortunate mayhem that led to the loss of lives.
“Exco noted the Police report, which revealed that the culprits had been apprehended and would soon be charged to Court. Exco, however, noted the fact that the statements from the suspects did not indict the duo of Hon. Barr. Eni Uduma Chima and Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha, of any complicity in the needless attack.
“EXCO directed that a Peace and Reconciliation Committee be set up in the afflicted area made up of the following persons:
Sen. Sonny Ogbuoji – Chairman
Hon. Nkama Nkama Ude – Secretary
Dr. (Amb.) Michael Okoro – Member
Prince Etta Uka – Member
Engr. Kalu Ama Mba – Member
John Igwe – Member
Prof. Ibiam Ekpe – Member
Engr. Hon. Ufere Okoroafor – Member
Ama Kalu Ikwor – Member
“TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)
To resolve the conflicts between brothers and sisters of Ekolli Edda and institute a permanent spirit of forgiveness and peace among the people of Ekolli Edda.
Make recommendations to Government on the way forward for peace and love among brothers and sisters of Ekolli Edda.
“The Committee is to have its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, 17th January, 2023, at Sen. Sonny Ogbuoji’s residence, Ebuwana Edda in Afikpo South LGA by 2pm.
“Others invited to attend the meeting are Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Cantonment Commander, O/C SWAT Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ebonyi State CAN Chairman, South East Zone Afikpo South Local Government Chairman, All Government Officials from Edda, Afikpo South, The Executives of Edda General Assembly, All Traditional Rulers from Afikpo South Town Union, Presidents of Afikpo South LGA, His Excellency, Chief Francis Orji,” the commissioner stated.