Traditional Ruler Of Ogbunka, Anyaoha, Leads Peace Moves To End Over Three Decade-Long Land Dispute With Neighbouring Town

By Daniel Ezeigwe (ABS Reporter)

Barely a month on the royal stool of Ogbunka, Orumba South Local Government Area, the traditional of the town, Igwe Johnmark Anyaoha is leading a contingent of traditional rulers in Orumba South to sue for peace over land dispute with a neighbouring community that has lasted for more than three decades.

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The land under contention, Ikpaebu, a large stretch of hectare that connects Ogbunka and Owerri Ezukala, both in the same local government area, has been causing problems between the two towns since 1937.

It was as a result of the fatal inter-communal crises that had trailed the land dispute that, upon his enthronement, Igwe Anyaoha took it as one of his cardinal aims to find a lasting peace between the two sister communities, by seeking a different conflict resolution formula.

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One of such steps is a visit to the said land, alongside other royal fathers in the area and some stakeholders in Orumba South including the Transition Committee Chairman of the council, Chief Cyprian Okereke, Presidents General, led by the PG of Umunze, Mr John Akanyeonu, who is the leader of Presidents General in Orumba South, Divisional Police Officers from the police divisions overseeing the two towns, two village heads living in the disputed land’s ends, and vigilante groups from both communities.

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After an on-the-spot assessment of issues arising from the fracas, a particular spot which had become notorious for gun clashes was restricted from entry by both communities for six months, to give the panel of inquiry into the land dispute enough time to work on evidence tendered by both towns and bring a peaceful resolution.

A team of vigilante members was also dispatched to the crisis spot to ward off trespassers and keep out elements of mayhem.
Note that last adminiatration in Anambra State, through the Anambra State Boundary Commission, created a boundary between Ogbunka and Owerri Ezukala, to bring an to the crisis, but that move was met by further remonstrance and fatal crises.

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The Chairman of Orumba South Traditional Rulers’ Council and traditional ruler of Nawfija, Igwe Clifford Okeke, is heading the panel of inquiry into the land dispute.

Source : ABS

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