Ezza, Effium Killings: 55 Arraigned for Murder, Arson in Ebonyi

By Chinwe Onwosi

No fewer than 54 others have been arraigned in Abakaiki, Ebonyi state for murder, arson and destruction of property worth millions of Naira, in Ezza/Effium communal crises

The state police command, on Wednesday, arraigned them.

Ojo Monday and other defendants were arraigned for killings, destruction of buildings and illegal possession of firearms, that took place during the crises that erupted between the people of Effium and Ezza Effium, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state, recently.

Recall that Effium and Ezza Effium communities in the Ohaukwu Council area of the state, had  been enmenshed in intra-communal war that led to the killings of over 40 persons and destruction of property and other valuables worth millions of Naira, in the area.

It was gathered that the defendants committed the offence in Ezza Effium in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state, on January 22, 2021.

They were arraigned before the Magistrate Court, on Wednesday, on seven counts bothering on felony, murder, arson, encouraging communal war, unlawful possession of firearms, among others.

The Police Prosecutor, ASP Mathias Eze, told the court that the offences were punishable under sections 516A (a), 42, 319(1), 443 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009 and section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms Act, Cap R, 11, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004, as amended.

The defendants were not represented in court and, therefore, no bail application was made on their behalf.

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