Land Dispute: Ex-Fed lawmaker decries killings in Ebonyi communities


A former member of the House of Representatives, Chief Linus Abaa Okorie, has condemned a reported renewed killings between residents of Izhi and Ikwo clans in Ebonyi State due to a disputed parcel of land in the area.

Chief Okorie who was representing Ohaozara/Onicha / Ivo Federal Constituency in 2014 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform made the condemnation in a press statement on Sunday in Abakalki.

The ex-lawmaker claimed that disagreements over the said land had degenerated to the point that Ikwo and Izhi residents were taking up arms and killing themselves.

“It is disturbing to note that at a time bordering communities and clans are coming together to forge alliances to find solutions to the menace of killer-herdsmen and other forms of insecurity in the state and the nation in general, Ikwo and Izzi clans are up in arms killing each other over a parcel of ancestral land, that will outlive all of us.

“It is highly condemnable and I urge the two brothers to sheathe their swords and embrace peace immediately,” he stated.

He urged stakeholders, including traditional rulers and the state government, to rise up to the occasion and mediate in the crisis urgently.

Our Correspondent gathered that the clash between the two clans dates back to several years ago.

We equally learnt that the government of Dave Umahi had confirmed via a press release on its website in 2018 that similar clashes between the warring parties had led to the death of a teacher.

“Umahi expressed worry that the clashes had continued in the area despite government’s intervention even as he blamed stakeholders in the affected communities for not doing enough to stop the crisis even after the present administration had taken over the disputed land. "

NATIONAL PANEL also recalls that the incessant clashes in the areas had claimed many lives including that of a Vice-Principal recently abducted and slaughtered,” of which, the state government stated in July 23, 2018 while floating a picture where the governor was in a meeting with community leaders.

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