Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Land Dispute - Aguleri, Umuleri Communities Trade Accusations

Umuahia — THE fragile peace in the war-torn Aguleri and Umuleri communities in Anambra East Council of Anambra State is being threatened as the warring parties are now trading accusations.

Umuleri community recently through Mr. George Obukwesili accused Aguleri of encroaching on land threatening that "if the State and Federal Governments should close their eyes and allow this gun powder to explode, the 1995-1999 crisis would be a child's play."

However, Aguleri community has dismissed the allegation, saying it was Umuleri that had unceremoniously withdrawn from a peace committee set up by the two communities since 2004 to resolve land disputes between the two communities.

In a statement, Chief Ralph Igwa, Chairman of Aguleri Peace Committee denied that there was "palpable tension between the two communities, this is far from the truth. The impression does not reflect the current situation in the area and it is inconsistent with the facts regarding the present state of the relationship between the two communities."

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