Tony Okafor, Awka
There was jubilation in Anaku, Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State, following an end to a 105-year land dispute.
Southern City News gathered on Friday that the 100 hectares of land, known as Aboka and Iyiobu, was resolved to belong to Umuerienu kindred of the area.
It was learnt that the land was sold by a certain kindred in the area to multinational companies involved in agriculture without the knowledge of Umuorienu.
Following the tension generated by the sale, the traditional ruler of Anaku, Igwe Obalum Offokansi convened a meeting of those involved to resolve the dispute in order to avoid bloodshed in the area.
At the meeting, Offokansi went down memory lane on how the protracted land dispute had created disharmony in the area, stressing that the time had come for the people to give peace a chance.
Addressing the people at the community square, Offokansi said, “Peace must reign in Anaku. It is obvious that if two people are involved in a dispute, one must be at fault. But the important thing is that we must be bold enough to say the truth.”
The Chairman of Umuorienu kindred, Mr. Joseph Obidigwe, confirmed that the committee set up by the traditional ruler had confirmed that the disputed land belonged to Umuorienu after conducting investigations.
He commended the royal father for standing on the path of truth.
“I commend the Igwe and the committee for their intervention in resolving this dispute and I believe that with this development, a lasting peace has returned to Anaku,” he said.
While appealing to his people to accept the recommendations of the committee, he urged individuals and companies wishing to buy land or farm in the area to contact the leadership of the community to ensure that the right things were done.
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