Killing of construction workers: Gov. Umahi suspends all Civil servants from Ebonyi Effium community

By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi

Sequel to the November 3, 2021, abduction of  Engineers of the ring road project at Effium community in Ebonyi state and recent attack on the security agents who went on a rescue mission in the area last Sunday, the governor, David Umahi, has suspended all civil servants who hail from the war torn zone.

Umahi also announced the sack of Coordinators of two Development Centres and the suspension of salaries of permanent Secretaries from the area disclosing that he would approach the State House of Assembly on the way forward on the Chairman of the Council and the House of Assembly members from the Effium.

Umahi who announced this during a Peace Meeting organised by the state founding fathers, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN among others, blamed the Civil servants from the area for fueling crisis in their area

The governor confirmed the killing of the construction workers saying that the suspects arrested over the incident confessed that the workers have been killed and buried adding that the government was pacifying the affected families and is seeking to know the location of where they were buried.

According to him, “Recently, five construction workers on the state’s ring road which passes through the area were killed by unknown people and these workers who know nothing about the crisis were here to help the state.”

“The hoodlums ambushed the security team who went to the area and officers have been reportedly killed or missing

“The coordinators of the two development centres from the area are hereby removed from office while salaries of permanent secretaries from the area are suspended.”

“the government cannot sit and watch them receiving salaries which goes in sponsoring killings and destruction of the peopels properties.

Umahi then directed stakeholders from the area to handle the issue within seven days or attract severe actions from the federal government.

“My hands are tied on the matter as I swore to protect the lives and properties of the people.

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