Land dispute: Panel cautions communities against threat to peaceful coexistence

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By Sunny A. David, Awka

The Chairman Panel of Inquiry into Enugu-Ukwu, Nawfia, Abagana, Ukpo, Abba and Enugu-Agidi land dispute, Retired Justice Chinyere Anigbogu has appealed to all parties involved in the matter to avoid all forms of provocative actions and utterances.

Justice Anigbogu made the appeal during the sitting of the panel at Government House, Awka.

Before the commencement of the days proceeding, retired Justice Anigbogu informed the participants of the death of one of the panel members, late Bishop David Ebelechukwu As Well The Death Of Late Chief Tony Anenih, who was the husband of Chief Mrs. Josephine Anenih who is also a member of the panel and a minute silence was observed in their honour.

Addressing all the parties involved in the dispute, Justice Anigbogu explained that the panel stopped sitting some months ago because they needed the surveyor general to identify and re-establish all mile posts used by the colonial masters in demarcating communities along the old Enugu-Onitsha road which passed through some of the communities in dispute, because the communities involved gave different accounts of the mile posts.

Justice Anigbogu regretted that they have written to the Surveyor General of the Federation, consulted the archives and got gazzettes of 1934 and 1966 but there was no record of the mile posts concerning the affected communities’.

The Panel then requested the Surveyor General of the state to carry out a survey to re-establish the existing mile posts which were identified by the colonial masters and was recorded in the intelligence reports of all the communities involved, and urged all the parties to remain calm.

The Surveyor General of Anambra State Mr. Ifeanyi Ajoku assured that they will do a thorough and unbiased job that the outcome will be acceptable and satisfactory to all the communities involved in the dispute.

At the end of the proceeding, the Chairman of the Panel Justice Anigbogu requested that the communities involved in the mile post dispute should volunteer two reliable indigenes of their communities that will work with the Surveyor General of the state for equity and transparency but warned that the panel will not want to see anybody who is not involved in the assignment to interfere with the exercise in any guise.

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