The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has identified the vast mineral deposits in the Effium community as the reason for the incessant killing of persons in the area.
The group said the discovery of mineral deposits like lead, Tin, Zinc and some deposits of crude oil was the reason the Korri natives sponsored and believably backed by the State government for alleged determination to scare away dwellers in Effium and the Ezzas.
AESID President, Amb. Paschal Oluchukwu, in a statement, condemned what it described as the partnership between the state government and “a billionaire investor from Anambra state to mine the discovered minerals.”
It alleged that the partnership has “led to the loss of hundreds of lives and destruction of property worth millions of naira by suspected hired militia.”
“Recall that we had always raised the alarm and condemned the ongoing carnage in Effium which first started on January 22nd this year. So far, an uncountable number of souls particularly of Ezza descent have been lost to the violent attacks.”
The group affirmed though it was not opposed to interested persons engaging in the mining of the God-given deposits, but emphasised that such exploration must be within what the law and the government permit.
The group added that it was “Miffed by the insidiously desperate attempts to favour one side against the other and perpetrate heinous violent crimes against those it feels could be an obstacle or opposition to its planned forceful and secret mining activities in Effium. This is insane and down rightly condemnable and we so do!
“The attempts to clampdown, arrest and detain some Ezza stakeholders for voicing out their outrage over these dastardly attacks including the detention of a member, representing Ezza South Constituency in the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Chris Usulor by the DSS is highly condemned by this body.”
However, the described as laughable the declaration of AESID Leader, Paschal Oluchukwu as a wanted person in the state and urged the government to restore normalcy to the area by ordering the arrest of the local government Chairman, Clement Odah.