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Warring Anambra, Kogi communities make peace

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By Phil Okose Onitsha

It was jubilation galore over the weekend as in and states took a step further to cement their ceasefire agreement with a peace covenant.

Eziagulu-Otu, Enugu-Otu and Mkpunando Aguleri com­munities in East of Anambra and their counterparts in Iba­ji , state -Odeke, Ihile and Echeno – had been locked in a bloody land tussle until recently.

The peaceful resolution of the war over land ownership, through oath-taking, (Iko Mmee) it was gathered, is the most fearful means of dispute settlement in the war-torn com­munities and neighbourhood as death awaits defiant ones.

The sponsor of the peace set­tlement, Omabala Indigenous Youth Foundation, (OIYF) re­solved to use the Nsukka resi­dence of the traditional ruler of Ifite-Ogwari, Igwe Alphonsus Ofuebe, for the peace covenant.

At the venue, three people from each state, represent­ing the three communities at war with their rivals, did the oath-taking covenant, (Iko mmee) which is binding on all indigenes of com­munities in both states. The three representatives from Kogi who swore to the oath included, chairmen of Odeke, Echeno and Ihile and they were Edwin Ajo­do, Ezekiel Amajeh and Egwuna Gabriel while those from Anam­bra were, chairmen of Eziagu­lu-Otu, Chief Obidike Eneanya, that of Enugu-Otu, Chief Joe Obiorah and that of Mkpunan­do/Agulu-Otu, Chief Igboanugo Ilochi.

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In his post covenant speech, the chairman of OIYF, Comrade Simon Okafor Iyielioba, recalled the efforts the foundation made to stop the senseless killings he said had spanned over five years and thanked God that the foun­dation was able to help restore the lost glory of both states as brothers.

“We salute you all and pray that this is the beginning of a new era in the history of , as broth­ers reach out to their brothers for peace and lasting resolution to their differences in whatever form”, he stated.

He paid glowing tribute to the late chairman of the Peace Ini­tiation Committee, Anambra/ Kogi States boarder crisis, Chief Emmanuel Akabueze, who he said was not alive to see what he started came to fruition.

He also commended the Pres­ident General of Eziaguluo­tu-Aguleri, Chief Onwuetiaka Anthony Ezechukwu who wit­nessed the oath-taking, Chief Davis Akor, community leader, Echeno, who led the Kogi dele­gates to the venue at Nsukka, Enugu state and the patron of OIYF, Chief Ifeanyi Abala, for his financial encouragement.

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Also the Attah Igala, Agab­aidu (Dr) Idakwo Ameh Oboni, Eze (Dr) N.N. Kelly Oba, Oka­lakwu Igbariam and Eze Chuk­wuemeka Eri, Eze Nri, Eze Ora 34th, Akajiovo Igbo. Ime Obu Gad, Enugwu Aguleri, were commended to have put in their money and time.

Speaking, the patron of OIYF, Abala said the only thing that would bring peace and develop­ment was this oath-taking cov­enant and commended all who contributed in cash and kind for the peace restoration.

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