Land Dispute Claims 2 Lives In Ebonyi Community
All efforts to stop the protracted killing caused by land dispute in Obeagu/Ezza Obeagu Community seems not to be yielding any result.
Despite a peace meeting held recently in the community, Sunday Nwifuru was found dead, and shortly after, a widow was also found lying dead in the farm at Agudele village in same Obeagu and Ezza Obeagu Community.
The death of the duo was as a result of the lingering land dispute which has been rocking the community.
Bounce News gathered that Sunday Nwifuru was found dead after a stakeholders’ meeting to ensure peaceful coexistence between Obeagu and Ezza Obeagu, while one Adali Agnes Omebe, a widow was later found dead in the same village.
The Coordinator of Ishielu North Development Centre, Barrister Emeka Odanwu, confirmed that the protracted land dispute has caused many deaths in the area.
He stated that after the recent incident, he formally wrote to the Council Chairman, Hon. Sunday Eze, which prompted a security meeting.
“The land dispute in Obeagu and Ezza Obeagu is a protracted land dispute which has resulted in the loss of lives of the people of Ezza Obeagu.
“After the death of Sunday, I wrote to the local government area chairman, alerting him of what happened.
“But while we were still investigating the death of Sunday, a widow, who was in her early forties, was also found dead again.
“When the two deaths occurred, I formally wrote a letter to the local government chairman, who formally reported the matter to the state government,” he told Bounce News.
Senior Special Assistant to Governor Umahi on Internal Security, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala led a peace delegation involving the Police Area Commander, Security Personnel in Ishielu Local Government Area, and the Coordinator of Ishielu Local Government Area.
After hearing from both parties in conflict, Obeagu/Ezza Obeagu Community were ordered to set up a joint vigilante comprising of 15 men from each village.
Their responsibility will be to liaise with security agents to secure the community and to provide timely information and intelligence to the Council Chairman and security agents in Ishielu Local Government Area in the event of any provocation.
The spokespersons of Obeagu/Ezza Obeagu community, Professor Alumode B.E and Mr. Kelvin Aluma pledged to continue to talk to their people to remain peaceful.
“20 stakeholders each from Obeagu/Ezza Obeagu signed the undertaking of peace and security in the community. We are to report to security agents in the area.
“We were also ordered to stop farming activities and harvesting of palm fruits or trespass on the disputed land until the matter is tackled,” Mr. Kelvin Aluma told Bounce News.
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