Abakiliki: The Ebonyi State Governor, Engr Dave Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE, has confirmed the death of five construction workers from NELAN Nigerian Limited who were abducted several weeks ago while working on a section of the Ebonyi State Ring road in Effium, Ohaukwu LGA of the state.
Engr Umahi also announced the sacking of the two Local Government Development Centre Coordinators from Ohaukwu Local Government Area and the suspension of all civil servants from Effium community in the same Local Government Area of the state over the lingering crisis in the area, which led to the abduction of the five construction workers.
He made the announcement on Tuesday in Abakaliki during a security summit, organized by the state’s founding fathers in conjunction WITH other organizations including the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN)
According to Umahi, though the perpetrators of the killings and destruction in the area were majorly funded from outside, some stakeholders of in area also fund the killings.
The names of the victims are Nelson Onyemeh, Stanley Nwazulum, Ernest Edeani, IK Ejiofor, and Samuel Aneke and they were Engineers working with the firm.
He said, “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.”
He also said he would approach the State House of Assembly for the way forward on the chairman of the council and the two House of Assembly members from the area.
He said the government could “no longer watch them receive salaries, which go into sponsoring killings and destruction of property in the area.
The governor added, “Recently, five construction workers on the state’s ring road project, which passes through the area were killed by unknown people and these victims, who knew nothing about the crisis, were here to help the state.
“The suspects arrested over the incident confessed that the workers have been killed and buried and the government is pacifying the affected families, who sought to know the location of where they were buried.
“The hoodlums ambushed the security team, who went to the area and officers have been reported killed or missing.”
South-East Zonal Chaiman of CAN, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, urged stakeholders in the state to check the effects of hard drugs, especially ‘Mkprummiri,’ on the youths due to its negative effects.