From: Emmanuel Uzor, Abakaliki
The Ebonyi State Government has condemned the killing of one Linus Ogbee by suspected herdsmen in Ilion Camp in Akure Nort Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The state is also calling on the security agencies to investigate the ugly incident and bring the suspects to justice.
Governor David Umahi, who spoke shortly after inspecting projects in various parts of the state, on Wednesday, described the incident as ‘height of barbarism and senseless killing’, while calling for proper investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the Ebonyi farmer in Ondo State.
While lamenting the wanton loss of lives and property as a result of the activities of the Herdsmen, Governor Umahi commended the police in Ondo State for quick intervention which led to arrest of some suspects in connection to the killing and called for proper investigation to bring the suspects to justice.
“I call for full scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of one of our brothers, Linus Ogbee who until his death was a father of seven and a farmer based in Ilion in Akure North council area of Ondo state. Those behind his death should be fished out and brought to justice. It is very heartbreaking that our brother was killed by suspected blood sucking herdsmen whose sanctity for human life amount to nothing”
Umahi condoled with the family of the deceased and promised to help them in any possible way to stand, adding that he would do everything within his powers to ensure that justice is done and those behind the dastardly act brought to book while reassuring the people of the state of his administration’s commitment towards protecting lives and property of every citizen.
He further used to occasion to reiterate his earlier call on various segments of Ebonyi indigenes in various parts of the country who are not meaningfully or gainfully employed to return home and be part of his agricultural revolution in which farmers are given grants to go into full farming.
“While we mourn the death of our fellow compatriot, let me reassure Ebonyians that this administration is committed to all campaign promises of bringing back our people especially youths hawking in various cities and taking them out of the streets and make them become part of the progress of our dear state through the empowerment scheme which would enable them go into any business of their choice.”