COMMITTEE for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR) has urged Ebonyi State Government to beef up security to safeguard the lives of students coming from different parts of the country to write the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), examination in the state.
The group made this known on Monday, in a statement signed by its state secretary; Jerry Oyibe in Abakaliki, when it stated that the appeal was predicated on renewed boundary crisis in some communities in the state that had led to loss of lives.
Oyibe emphasised that it was the duty of the state government, police and other relevant security agencies to ensure that lives of candidates who were coming from different parts of the country to write the examination were protected.
The group bemoaned the alleged killing of innocent citizens of the state and destruction of property on Saturday along the disputed boundary between Alike and Enyigba communities in Ikwo and Abakaliki Local Government Areas of the state and called on the government, the police and all relevant security organisations to halt the escalating violence in all parts of the state.
Meanwhile, Oyibe commended the state governor, Dave Umahi for making efforts to restore peace in warring communities in the state and also threatening to sack appointees of the state government, traditional rulers and community leaders where conflicts emanated.