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Ebonyi pardons underaged persons detained over communal conflict



IN A the  swearing-in of  a new judge of the state’s Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Paul Awada in Ebonyi state,  Gov. David   Umahi disclosed that the Ebonyi Government will  pardon and release 31 under-aged detainees at the correctional service remand home, over their involvement in the fratricidal Ezza/ Ezza-Effium conflict.

  Umahi said that the State Executive Council deliberated on the issue and decided to pardon the detainees as normalcy has returned to the area.

 “These under-aged detainees were recruited by stakeholders of the area and armed with sophisticated weapons such as AK-47 rifles.

  “I did not hesitate to order for their detention since January but they have shown good conduct since then,” he said.

 Governor admitted  that Awada’s swearing-in was delayed because he hailed from the community which had lost several indigenes and property due to the conflict.

 “We would be attracting God’s wrath if he was sworn-in then, but can do so now as normalcy has returned to the area.

Deputy Governor of the state Dr Kelechi Igwe also shared words with the detainees, he said.

  “The government will liaise with your parents to evolve ways of properly re-integrating you into the society to be useful,” he said.

He also promised to make case for other inmates of the home incarcerated over other offences such as defilement.

  “We would however meet with your parents and those of the victims of the defilement, to assuage their anger and pain,”

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