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The Governor of Ebonyi State, Francis Nwifuru has reacted to the recent killings of the staffs of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); one Emmanuel Igwe and the Ohaneze youth leader’s father, Aja Okeafor, by suspected gunmen in the state.
The Eastern Updates reports that the suspected herders also kidnapped the wife of the late INEC staff, and have been allegedly demanding ransom, though at the time of filing this report, she is yet to be freed.
The governor made this known while briefing newsmen in Abakaliki through the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Mr. Jude Okpor, shortly after the first executive council meeting.
According to him: ‘It is heartbreaking, but I want to assure you that the governor will not leave any stone unturned to tackle this. This kind of issue cannot be discussed in public.
‘The governor has given the necessary directives, and I believe, in no distant time, the perpetrators of the heinous crime will be brought to justice,’ he stated.
In another report, Governor Nwifuru had on Tuesday swore in no fewer than 35 new commissioners into office while warning them to take their job seriously, noting that the saying ‘to err is human and to forgive is divine’ will not apply in his administration.
Nwifuru, who made the statement while swearing in the commissioners and other appointees of his government, made it clear to them that they would leave office the moment lapses are observed.
He, however, congratulated the appointees, adding: “The people are looking upon us and we have to show them our style of leadership.
Prof. Emmanuel Echiegu, the new Chief of Staff to the governor, thanked the governor for appointing them and pledged that they would not disappoint him.
The Eastern Updates reports that the governor assigned portfolios to the new commissioners.