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Umahi orders arrest of council chairman, Assembly member

Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi on Monday ordered the immediate re-arrest of Ohaukwu Local Government Chairman, Clement Odah and Assembly member representing, Ohaukwu North Constituency, Chinedu Awoh.

The duo has been repeatedly accused of masterminding the crisis, which has claimed many since January 22nd.

They were arrested in January alongside other political appointees from the area but later released.

They, alongside other major stakeholders from the area, signed an undertaking there will be no further killings and destruction of lives in the area.

But the crisis has continued to linger prompting another meeting by the Governor

The meeting held at the Old Government House Executive Council Chambers in Abakaliki, the state capital.

But some key political appointees from the area were not present at the meeting which did not go unnoticed.

The Governor, who was visibly annoyed over the renewed hostilities, ordered suspension of all political officer holders from the area absent at the meeting and arrest of the duo.

“All the political office holders from Ezza-Effium who are not present should proceed on suspension without salaries.

“They should not be paid and if the March Salary has not been paid to them, it should be withheld as well,” he said

He ordered that the two leaders should not be allowed access to any phone or be treated with courtesy in detention.

The Governor also ordered arrest of spokesperson of Effium community, Dr. James Agina and spokesperson of Ezza-Effium community, Mr. Titus Nworie.

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