Ben Ayade is frustrating my peace moves – Ebonyi Governor, Umahi


David Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi State, has accused his Cross River State counterpart, Senator Ben Ayade of frustrating all peace efforts being made by the government and people of Ebonyi State towards resolving the persistent crisis in the area.

The crisis resulted from the boundary dispute between Izzi and Obubra local government areas of both states, respectively.
Umahi, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, told the media in Abakaliki that he has tried reaching out to governor Ayade after the Obubra people allegedly attacked the Izzi’s on Friday last week.
This came days after the Izzi’s allegedly sacked Ijutum and Idoru communities in Obubra.
“Before this last onslaught that left nine persons dead, including a pregnant woman, His Excellency the governor of Ebonyi state had made frantic efforts to speak with his brother governor from Cross River state but all the efforts were rebuffed.
 “His Excellency as a peace-loving governor had before now initiated various peace moves, including a Peace committee headed by the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, they have met severally with the people of Cross River state but it does appear they are not interested in peace.”

It could be recalled that that no fewer than nine persons, including a pregnant woman were Friday reportedly killed as the Ofioji people in Izzi local government area of Ebonyi state and their neighbors in Ijutun and Idoru of Obubra council area of Cross River State renewed hostilities over disputed land boundary.
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