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The government of Anambra State has made a case for a peaceful resolution among communities embroiled in boundary disputes in the state.
The Eastern Updates gathered that some communities involved in boundary disputes in the state include Amudo Awka (Awka South Local Council), Egbeagu/ Okukwa/Amanda (Awka North), Abba, Ukpo and Ukwulu communities in Dunukofia Council Area, among others, were present at the meeting to represent their communities.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Onyeka Chukwu Ibezim, said that the government took the stance at the State Boundary Committee meeting, held at the Government House, Awka, yesterday, although he could not mention the number of outstanding disputes waiting to be resolved.
Ibezim frowned on the number of boundary disputes in the state, stressing that his committee is deeply committed to resolving them.
He noted that the committee’s target is to settle protracted land disputes amongst communities and enthrone peace across the state before the end of next year.
The Deputy Governor, who is also the Chairman, Anambra State Boundary Committee, called for peaceful cohabitation among communities, noting that conflict is never an option, rather would hinder development and progress.
According to him, the team would, by next year, embark on delineation of disputed areas and establish monuments on boundaries to avert future disputes.
In another report, there is mild pandemonium in Okpoko community, a thickly populated suburb of Onitsha, Anambra State, following the killing of three residents and 20 others who were allegedly injured by men of the Anti-Touting Squad set up recently by the Governor Chukwuma Soludo administration.
The Eastern Updates gathered that problem began, when a private firm engaged for sanitation activities in the area went on to engage the services of the Soludo squad and the security arm of the town union in the area for the forceful collection of sanitation fees from the residents.
Speaking on the incident, the Chairman of All Street Chairmen and Secretaries in Okpoko community, Marcel Nnaeto, said the armed squad with their leaders invaded the community in the wee hours of Friday and bundled six street leaders of the community into their vehicles after beating them and blindfolding them before taking them to their office in Upper Iweka where they branded them as criminals terrorising Onitsha.