Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
Over 10 individuals had been feared lifeless whereas 5 others had been allegedly kidnapped following hostility that erupted from a land dispute between Allah/Onugwu neighborhood in Anambra West Native Authorities Space of Anambra state and their neighboring neighborhood, Odekpe in the identical space.
A police officer connected to Nzam Police Station was reported lacking by the police authorities.
Whereas Allah/Onugwu neighborhood claimed lack of no fewer than seven individuals, excluding 5 others who they alleged had been kidnapped throughout the hostilities that lasted between April and June, Odekpe claimed to have misplaced an unspecified variety of its indigenes to the conflict.
Some indigenes of Odekpe neighborhood, together with its Igwe-elect, Peter Ikechi, had been reportedly arrested by the Police over their alleged involvement within the lacking of the police officer.
An eight-man peace committee headed by conventional ruler of Igbariam neighborhood, Igwe Nkeli Nzekwe Kelly, with Dr. Emma Ude-Akpeh, Everlasting Secretary within the workplace of the Secretary to the State Authorities, as its secretary has been arrange by the state authorities to wade into the disaster and had since commenced work.
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Different members of the committee included Hon. Chinedu Obidigwe representing Anambra East/West within the nationwide meeting, Hon. Udoba representing Anambra West within the state Home of Meeting and the standard rulers of Mmiata-Anam, Igwe Nnose; his Owelle Historical Kingdom counterpart, Igwe Anthony Onyekwele and that of Ukwalla neighborhood, Igwe Ajodo.
The committee reportedly invited representatives of the 2 warring communities and had been knowledgeable of the discharge of these from Odekpe neighborhood arrested by the IGP’s Intelligence Response Workforce, IRT and detained in Abuja in reference to the lacking police officer.
The launched individuals, Ekene Godwin and Peter Ikechi, had been handed over to their Odekpe kinsmen with a situation that there needs to be no extra hostilities within the space, henceforth till peace is lastly restored.
Handing over the duo to Augustine Anara, a stakeholder from Odekpe, Igwe Kelly disclosed that the police authorities have pledged to drop the case in its entirety if violence not erupted within the space, including that a few of them nonetheless beneath the police custody can be launched unconditionally as quickly as peace returned to the areas.