A total of 25 people have so far been killed in lingering communal between Effium and Ezza Effium communities in Ohaukwu local government of Ebonyi state.
The state Governor, David Umahi disclosed this on Monday in Abakaliki, the state capital during a meeting with stakeholders of the community to find lasting solution to the carnage in the area.
It would be recalled that the communal crisis began last month as a clash between two factions of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the town but soon spread into the community.
Umahi said 26 arms have so far been recovered from the area and regretted that 125 houses, fuel and gas stations were also burnt.
He blamed chairman of Ohaukwu the council, Clement Odah, who is from the community and the member representing Ohaukwu North constituency in the House of Assembly, Chinedu Awọ, for the crisis.
Umahi said the crisis wouldn’t have occurred if Odah and Awo listened to his instructions on how to solve the little problems occurring in the community before it escalated to the uncontrollable situation now.
“Let us not forget that this problem started by the Council Chairman, Clement Odah and Hon. Chinedu Awo the House of Assembly member.
“When the problem started between them, I called them severally one on one, three of us. We sat and I pleaded with them. In fact, at a time, one of them walked out on me.
“It took my begging the Speaker for the House not to sack the person on this same issue. I just took it that there is nothing a father will not see, there is nothing leadership will not see. Two of them are in supremacy battle for 2023 that they do not know whether they will see,” the governor said.