The General Officer Commanding 82 Division (GOC), Nigerian Army, Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar, and the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State, Mr. Titus Lamorde, have visited the warring communities of Edda, Ogurunde, Oponuko and Ogamana communities of Edda and Obubra Local Government Areas of Ebonyi and Cross Rivers states.
They toured the communities on Saturday, according to a statement by the spokesman for 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col. Sagir Musa.
The main objective of the visit was to de-escalate the crisis and tension; assess the level of damage and destruction in the affected localities; and talk to the traditional and religious leaders and youths of the communities to stop the fight and savagery for the interest of peace and development of the areas.
While at the palaces of the traditional rulers and communities’ town halls in the warring communities, the GOC emphasised the danger of allowing youths to take laws into their hands and the necessity for forgiveness and peaceful coexistence between communities anywhere in Nigeria.
He urged the traditional leaders, youths and elders of the communities to pardon each other and allow peace to reign. He said the authorities would soon conclude investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the crisis.
“As humans, we must refrain from revenge, acting in anger and wanton destruction… this will certainly not bring solution to any problem but will rather compounds it… It appears, these brotherly communities are now victims of this cyclical danger of violence and destruction” – General Abubakar stated.
He told the traditional rulers that soldiers and policemen drafted in their communities were there to maintain and where necessary enforce the peace and should be given all the cooperation they may require.
Abubakar and Lamorde commended the army and police personnel deployed in the conflict areas for their hard work, discipline and sacrifice to the nation and charged them to do more. He warned them to remain vigilant and neutral at all times.
Among the officers in the GOC’s team were the Commanders of 13 Brigade and 44 Engineers Brigade, Brig-Gens. Bulama Biu and Mark Mamman respectively. Others were the Commanders 82 Division Intelligence Brigade and Provost Group, Colonels Nonye Ebulue and Ahmadu Abubakar.
The Director State Security Service Ebonyi State was represented by Mr. Alex Samson.