The Ebonyi State Government hqs threatened to arrest stakeholders of communities hosting the state airport project if they fail to identify those destroying the perimeter fence of the airport project.
The state government handed down the threat in a statement on Sunday in Abakaliki by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji.
According to Orji, stakeholders on the government’s radar included traditional rulers, town union presidents, councillors, development centre coordinators and village heads of the host communities.
“The state government has in the past six months rebuilt parts of the fence destroyed by members of the host communities.
“Government is worried that this development may hamper the smooth take-off of the airport’s operations in 2022.
“Government is dismayed that airport’s perimeter fences in other states were not being destroyed or vandalised by their host communities,’’ the statement read.
The commissioner also expressed regret that the airport had been under attack since construction began.
“The state government has, therefore, decided to take steps to secure the fence and property to enable operations of the airport to take off as scheduled.
“This is the final warning from the state government in this regard,’’ Orji warned.
The airport project belonging to the state government is situated between the Amuzu community of Ezza South Local Government Area and Oriuzor along Umuezekoha in Ezza North Local Government Area of the state.