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The State government says it would take urgent steps to restore peace to the disputed boundary between Agboma Ope Okigwe Community in Imo State and Ugwuogu Uturu, Isikwuato Community of Abia State.
The Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, in a consultation meeting held with a delegation of Agboma Ope, Okigwe Community in his conference room, said the State Boundary Commission has the responsibility of ensuring that the state’s boundaries were not infringed upon by providing legal processes to ensuring safety and peace on the state’s borders.
Prof. Njoku who is also the Chairman, State boundary commission, stressed on the need to restore peace to both communities, while commending leaders of Agboma Ope, Okigwe Community for not taking laws into their hands and assured them that all must be done to ensure that peace returns in the affected communities.
He promised to reach out to his counterpart, the Deputy Governor of Abia State to explore avenues that would lead to the settlement of the matter.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. C.O.C. Akaolisa commended the community for bringing the matter to government’s attention, thereby preventing clashes that would have occurred from the ongoing sand excavation by the other community in the disputed land, and assured that the State Boundary Commission would do the needful to resolving the matter.
The Surveyor General of the State, Mr. C.A.P Anele acknowledged the fact that both communities have different judgements in their favour from different courts over the disputed land and sued for peace while the matter was been resolved.
The Interim Management Committee Chairman of Okigwe Local Government Area, Lady Nkechi Mbonu said people of the community are desirous of peace and thanked government for giving the matter the attention it deserved.
Also Speaking, the Traditional Ruler of the community, Eze Bob Ezuma traced the history behind the donation of part of the community’s land to the then Imo State University, Okigwe, now Abia State University, Uturu and urged government to settle the matter urgently to avoid loss of life in view of the continuous excavation of sand by the other community.
The President General of the community, Chief Jude Onwuchekwa said a visit to the disputed land would give an insight to the situation on ground, stressing that they have been pleading with their youths to remain law abiding in the face of provocation.
The petitioner and a Stakeholder in the community, Barr. David Ikoro said the establishment of the boundary on the disputed land would go a long way to restoring peace to both communities.
Ozioma Teddy Ukwuoma
SSA ( Media and Communication)
To the Deputy Governor, Imo state.