Govs Elechi, Imoke in Reconciliation Moves
Determined to end the over 100 years land dispute between some communities in Ikwo local government area of Ebonyi State and Abi local government area of Cross River State, governors of the two states alongside leaders of the two local governments are exploring avenues for peace.
This was contained in a communiqué jointly released yesterday after a truce meeting that lasted for hours in Abakaliki and signed by Governors Martin Elechi (Ebonyi), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and the Attorneys General of both states, Attah Ochinke and Ben Igwenyi, respectively.
“Leaders of the communities must ensure that they maintain peace and order in all the affected sectors. Both states are to jointly set up a 26-man joint committees for all the 4 communities concerned with a view to finding a mutually acceptable solution to all the disputed areas.
“The committee, jointly headed by the deputy governors of both states,
is mandated to submit its report to the two governors on 30th November, 2014 while the existing peace committees at various levels should continue to meet and work towards the sustenance of peace in the areas”, the communiqué read in part.
The governors who commended the efforts of various security agencies who have been maintaining peace, law and order in the area in dispute urged them not to relent until a lasting peace is ensured.
Prominent among the communities of both local governments in the land dispute are Amagu and Adadama which sometime January 2013 had a renewed communal clash that left over 400 persons dead and properties worth billions of naira destroyed amid continued hostilities in the area.
Other communities involved in the border disputes whose leaders were present in the meeting were Izzi, Yala, Abakaliki, and Obubra areas.