Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has promised to rescue children abducted from Enyigba community of Abakaliki Local Government Area following its land dispute with Enyibichiri community of Ikwo Local Government Area.
The governor’s promise was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the state, Uchenna Orji.
The statement did not mention the number of children abducted and their ages.
Mr Orji said the children’s abduction by “miscreants” was the height of provocation in the sudden turn of events between both communities.
“The governor is aware that the land dispute between both communities was settled by the government with the assistance of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and bishops in the state.
“The governor, therefore, wonders why the innocent children should be abducted and enjoins stakeholders of both Izzi and Ikwo clans to condemn such an act,” the statement added.
“They should prevent their children from taking laws into their hands as the governor promises that the abduction will be resolved within seven days.
“We are optimistic that with the collaboration of the government, religious leaders and stakeholders of the state the children will be released without harm,” the statement read.