Afikpo Council Boss Uche Ibiam Restores Peace In Amasiri/Akpoha Land Dispute

The Executive Chairman of Afikpo Local Government Area, Hon. Uchenna Nnajiofor Ibiam says his administration is poised to take necessary steps that would end the incessant clash between the people of Ezeke-Amasiri and their neighbouring Amata-Akpoha Community over land skirmishes within the axis.

Hon. Uche Ibiam disclosed this on Thursday during an emergency Peace and Security meeting at the Council Hall, Afikpo with Opinion & Community Leaders from the 2 Communities following  renewed hostilities that erupted on Wednesday

The Council Boss who frowned at the unfortunate development,warned mischief makers who take advantage of their social status in their Communities to ignite crisis for their own selfish gaini to desist from such satanic ventures as they will be exposed, arrested and prosecuted for breach of public peace.

He noted that Amasiri and Akpoha are neighbouring Communities that ordinarily should sustain the atmosphere of peaceful co-existence especially as they are bonded by the Ikwu matrilineal system in Igbo land , marital affinity among other shared interests of mutuality.

Hon. Uche Ibiam who appealed to both parties to sheath their swords and give peace a chance, directed that members of the "warring communities" are barred from entering the disputed land till further notice.

In their separate speeches, the Traditional Ruler of Amasiri Autonomous Community, HRH. Ezeogo Omezue Bassey Idam Onya (Ekumaubaghala 111); Former Coordinator of Amasiri DC and SA to His Excellency on Projects, Hon. Baron Ogbonnia Enya and former Coordinator of Amoha DC and SA to His Excellency on Projects, Surveyor Theodore Chikwendu Ihite and other Community Leaders who bared their minds on the crisis, commended Hon. Uche Ibiam for his prompt interventions that checkmated the degeneration of the crisis and assured him that as leaders in their various communities and as State actors, they would continue to preach peace to their people; while awaiting further actions from the Government.

Meanwhile, to further arm himself with first hand information on the disputed land, the  Council Chairman, Hon Uche Ibiam on Friday(Good Friday) visited the disputed land and had on the spot assessment of the scenario.

Present at the disputed land were Community Leaders, Political Leaders & Stakeholders from the two Communities who greatly availed the Council Chairman with useful information on the status of the Land that would assist Government take final decisions that will bring sustainable peace to the area.

Hon. Uche Ibiam in response, appreciated the people for their preparedness for peace and reiterated his earlier directive that none of the parties should enter the disputed land till further notice.

However, normalcy has been restored following the quick intervention of the Council Chairman even as the people of the two Communities have accepted to wait patiently for government decision on the matter.

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