Ebonyi warring communities differ on boundary demarcation
The attempt by Ebonyi State Government to resolve the boundary dispute between Ezza-Effium and Ezza communities in Effium town, Ohaukwu Council, which has claimed many lives and properties, took another turn yesterday, as the two communities could not agree on the boundary.
After a peace meeting convened by Governor David Umahi, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Uchenna Orji, stated that while Effium requested the government to carry out land demarcation between them and Ezza Effium, Ezza refused.
The Effium people said the demarcation would serve as the last resort to attain lasting peace in that community. But the stakeholders of Ezza-Effium requested that they be allowed to live together with the people of Effium, as they had lived before the misunderstanding.
The two communities, however, renewed their commitment towards stopping all forms of attacks. Umahi gave the stakeholders from both communities two weeks to consult with their people, including the youths and women, and come up with an agreement that would enable the state government take a decision to bring lasting peace and stronger harmony among the people of Effium and Ezza-Effium.
Orji said the governor held separate meetings with key stakeholders from the warring communities, and another attended by government officials, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and elders’ council, among others.
“The governor, who presided over the meeting, appealed to the stakeholders of Effium and Ezza-Effium to do everything possible to ensure no more attack from any part of the community, noting that government shall hold the stakeholders responsible for further breakdown of law and order in that community.”
“The two sides of the dispute presented their positions on the immediate and remote causes of the crisis and their recommendations for immediate interventions and lasting peace,” he disclosed.
Umahi reportedly directed them to go into a closed-door meeting to have a common ground in their recommendations, which they did with the supervision of CAN representatives.
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