Oil War: Anambra, Kogi communities accept ceasefire, take oath

By Editor on 28/11/2018

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There are indications that peace might return to the warring communities within Anambra and Kogi state border following the acceptance by the people of the affected communities to commit themselves to a traditional oath taking for permanent ceasefire.  

The communities which had engaged in a bloody war for over five years, include Eziagulu-Otu, Enugu-Otu and Mkpunando Aguleri, all in Anambra East Local Government Area, Anambra State and their arch rival, Odeke, Ihile and Echeno communities, Ibaji Local Government Area, Kogi State.

The various parties, according to reports,  unanimously ceasedfire and made peace covenant last weekend to enable oil exploration activities continue in the area. 

The peaceful resolution of the war over the disputed land was reportedly achieved through oath-taking, (Iko Mmee) regarded as the most fearful means of dispute settlement in the war torn communities and neighbourhood.  The implication is that death awaits any person that defies the oath. 

On the fateful day, as learnt,  the sponsor of the peace settlement, Omabala Indigenous Youth Foundation, (OIYF) resolved to use the Nsukka residence of the Traditional Ruler of Igwe Ifite-Ogwari, His Royal Majesty, HRM, Igwe Alphonsus Ofuebe, for the peace covenant.

At the venue, three people from each state, representing the three communities at war with their rivals, did the oath-taking covenant, (Iko mmee) which is binding on all indigenes of the warring communities in both states.

The three representatives from Kogi who swore to the oath included, Chairmen of Odeke, Echeno and Ihile and they were Edwin Ajodo, Ezekiel Amajeh and Egwuna Gabriel while those from Anambra were, chairmen of Eziagulu-Otu, Chief Obidike Eneanya, Enugu-Otu, Chief Joe Obiorah and Mkpunando/Agulu-Otu, Chief Igboanugo Ilochi.

In his post covenant speech, the Chairman of OIYF, Comrade Simon Okafor Iyielioba, recalled the efforts the foundation made to stop the senseless killings he said had spanned over five years and thanked God that the foundation was able to help restore the lost glory of both states as brothers.

“We salute you all and pray that this is the beginning of a new era in the history of the warring communities, as brothers reach out to their brothers for peace and lasting resolution to their differences in whatever form”, he stated.

He paid glowing tribute to the late Chairman of the Peace Initiation Committee, Anambra/Kogi States boarder crisis, Chief Emmanuel Akabueze, who he said was not alive to see what he started come to fruition.

He also commended the President General of Eziaguluotu-Aguleri, Chief Onwuetiaka Anthony Ezechukwu who witnessed the oath-taking, Chief Davis Akor, community leader, Echeno, who led the Kogi delegate to the venue at Nsukka, Enugu state and the patron of OIYF, Chief Ifeanyi Abala, for his financial encouragement.

Also the Attah Igala, HRM Agabaidu (Dr) Idakwo Ameh Oboni, HRM Eze (Dr) N.N. Kelly Oba, Okalakwu Igbariam and HRM Eze Chukwuemeka Eri, Eze Nri, Eze Ora 34th, Akajiovo Igbo. Ime Obu Gad, Enugwu Aguleri, were commended having put in their money and time for the realisation of the peace effort .

Speaking, the patron of OIYF, Abala said the only thing that would bring peace and development was this oath-taking covenant and commended all who contributed in cash and kind for the peace restoration.

The Umuada of the three communities from Anambra were led by Chief (Mrs) Nwando Alaguva who was accompanied by Lawrence Oduko while the coordinator of the peace covenant, Tony Edochie, expressed satisfaction with the oath-taking as the only biding force.

However, the terms of resolution that resulted in oath-taking  could not be ascertained as no detail was given by both parties. 

Posted 28/11/2018 07:06:25 AM

 

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