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95-year old man leads protest on boundary crisis in Umueri, Anambra State

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95-year old man leads protest on boundary crisis in Umueri, Anambra State

A 95-year old man, Elder Nnake Chibuzo on Wednesday led people of Ikenga Umueri in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra state to protest lingering boundary dispute between them and their Aguleri neighboring community.

The community under the agies of Ikenga Umueri Progressive Union (IUPU) accused the neighboring community of taking advantage of the government in power to compel them to change their identity and ancient ancestral route.

The state government had in January 16, 2021 instituted a panel to find immediate and remote causes of the crisis as well as identify, determine and demarcate the boundaries between both communities.

The panel reportedly handed over its responsibility to traditional rulers of both communities, said to be members of the panel who later came up with resolutions that did not go down well with the aggrieved community.

Addressing newsmen yesterday, Chairman of the union, Chief Frank Ibegbunam said the community rejected the entire resolutions of the Council of Traditional Rulers as no member of the community, aside him was part of the negotiations.

He alleged that their monarch, Sir Ben Emeka acted unilaterally without the consent and approval of the people of the community and rightful owners of the land

He urged the boundary committee and state government to discountanance the said resolution, calling on both federal and state governments to ensure the implement the white paper and court judgement for peace to be restored in the area.

He said, “This matter has been torn in our flesh and torture to our brains. We can’t predict our peace as suspicion is rife. We had thought the governor who is almost 8years in office would have addressed this matter earlier than now.

“When the panel was set up, we were happy, thinking it would be fair and firm in view of the caliber of its members. But we lost confidence in the process when politics came in. Even the five monarchs couldn’t intervene. Instead, we saw stampede playing out.

“It’s unfortunate we’ve not gotten a government that has the willpower to address the matter. Despite our documentary evidence to prove ownership of our property, our neighbors use game plan to change our identity.”

“The implementation of white paper will bring everlasting peace to both communities. Government should also beg our representative in the National Assembly and other money bags to stop causing problem between us.”

Profile: From Ozuitem, Bende Local government Area of Anambra State. Political science (B. Sc) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka & Business Administration (Diploma) from the University of Calabar. Email him at elekwachinedum@yahoo.com

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