Panel of Inquiry Probes Alleged Ikwo Vice Chair Saga, Others

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In an effort to bring to an end intra-community crisis around various parts of the state and other related cases, the Ebonyi State government 5-man panel of Judiciary Commission of Enquiry led by Justice Eze Uduma has begun hearing the case of reent attack on the Vice-Chairman, Ikwo Local Government Area, Hon. Regina Iteshi on Friday 24th August 2019.

Addressing the panel, the All Progressive Congress (APC) House of Representative candidate in the last general elections, Comrade Chinedu Ogah told the members that he was in Abuja when his special assistant phoned and revealed to him of the report circulating on social media linking his name to a picture where Mrs. Iteshi was said to have been beaten, raped and robbed of her belongings by boys loyal to him.

He said that he quickly swung into action by returning to the state and upon his arrival drove to the Office of Nigeria Police State Headquarters, Abakaliki to clear his name but was told that they were yet to receive such a report.

According to him, he also visited his community where the incident took place and had to summon town Union meetings alongside Community elders, after which he threatened to arrest everybody if they refuse to give adequate attention to the issue.

According to the report, Comrade Ogah was still planning on what to do about the matter before it was disclosed that the attack on the woman was as a result of political differences.

Comrade Ogah said that it was revealed that some party stakeholders within the community who are members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had intra party crisis which created Ambassador Ogbuewu and Chief Ogada’s factions, as a result, the victim who was said to be in charge of money meant for the party refused to submit it to the concerned persons and that caused conflicting members of the same party to waylay the Vice-Chairman.

To prove his claim, he said that son to the enraged chairperson texted ward party Chairman with a message stating that his group would retaliate the attack, this he said was confirmed by a confidant of the ward party chairman whom he shared the message content with.

Comrade Ogah in order to prove his innocence promised to bring the same person to provide the text before the panel.

In a similar case, concerning a disputed land at Amagu Ikwo, Comrade Ogah appealed to the panel to visit the area in contention so as to substantiate his claim that the land was a communal one, stressing that they should also request for a written minutes of meeting held by the people of Amagu community where decision was reached over clearing the place as the communal land.

He also solicited that state government should intervene in the case of installing new traditional ruler for the people of Ndiagu Amagu, whose traditional ruler, His Royal Highness late HRH Eze Ukwa Ogbu died fifteen years ago, which made it difficult for the people to handle their community issues without external intrusion.

Comrade Ogah told the court that the land dispute issue though not political but the imbroglio has always been motivated by Ambassador Ogbuewu’s political interest in the community.

However, Justice Eze told newsmen that the interest of the state government led by Engr. David Umahi has been to restore peace in every part of the state and would ensure that the root cause of the cases is established to bring peace to the area.

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