By Kenneth Ofoma:

Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi has denied any hand in the listing of those who were invited to Abuja for interrogation, detention and trial by the Inspector-General of Police over their alleged sponsorship of the Ezza-Ezillo fratricidal war which has claimed the lives of 16 policemen, three soldiers and more that 200 civilians.

Addressing a news conference in Abakaliki yesterday on behalf of Chief Elechi, the State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Egwu Chima stated that that the Governor should rather be commended for his extra-ordinary, maturity and patience in the way and manner he handled the Ezillo/Ezza Ezillo crisis thus far, despite “obvious provocations against government by those who after promoting the crisis go behind to accuse the Chief Elechi-led government of leadership inertia”.

Chima state that the executive council of the state after its meeting on Thursday, commended the Inspector-General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State and other security agencies for the way and manner they used their security and intelligence ingenuity and discretion to identify, without reference to the state, those they invited to Abuja for necessary questioning on matters connected to the crisis.

“Exco pleaded with all Ebonyi indigenes and non-indigenes to remain patient, law-abiding and resolute as the end to the crisis appear to be in sight with the recent take over of its management by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Office of the Inspector-General of Police,” he said.

He stated that the exco set up the State Council on Public Procurement in line with the laws establishing the Public Procurement Bureau.

He said that the five-man Council is made up of commissioners for Finance and Economic Development; Works and Transport; Public Utilities; Lands, Survey and Housing as well as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

According to the Commissioner, Mr. Nwali Paul is to serve as the Secretary to the Council, which he said has no permanent chairman as this will be rotatory depending on the item being procured in each case and provided that no Commissioner presides over the case of any item of procurement under its ministry or parastatal.

Chima noted that the exco revisited the investment options available to Government-owned Landed Property outside the state and authorized the Committee charged with the responsibility for identifying all these Property outside the State and its Investment options headed by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to go ahead and advertise these property in some of the National Dailies in order to enable interested parties to identify with the investment possibilities of these Landed property.

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