17 January 2013

Nigeria: Ebonyi/Cross River Land Dispute - Two Abducted, Houses Destroyed in Ebonyi

Abakaliki — THE recurring land dispute between the people of Ndeagu-Amagu community in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and Adadama Community in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, Tuesday, took a dangerous dimension as two persons were reported to have been allegedly abducted after a sporadic shooting by unknown gun at Ikwo.

It was also alleged that a few members of Ndeagu-Amagu community were shot during the abduction as their houses were equally burnt during the mayhem.

Assessing the level of destruction in the area, Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, urged the displaced indigenes of Ndeagu-Amagu community to maintain peace and order.

According to him, government is putting modalities in place to ensure peaceful resolution of the land dispute involving them and Adadama community of Abi council area of Cross River State.

He called on them to return to their homes as adequate arrangements had been made for the security of the area.

The governor also charged the mobile policemen deployed to the crisis area not to take sides but ensure peace and order throughout the duration of their stay in the area.

He noted that the state government would meet its Cross River State counterpart to proffer lasting solution to the problem.

The governor said: "Know it that there is no war between Ebonyi and Cross River states but misunderstanding between individuals and communities, as you should ensure that there is no fracas but maintain peace."

Also, the Youth leader of Ebonyi State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Chinedu Ogah, an indigene of the area, said one woman and a boy were abducted, as gunshot wounds were inflicted on people and several houses burnt.

He said the abduction was the sixth from the Adadama community since August last year, stressing that all those abducted in the past were never seen or returned to the community again.

Elechi was accompanied on the visit by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mamman Sule, and other stakeholders.

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