By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Anambra Civil Society Network (ACSONET) a platform for Citizens and Non State Actors have condemned the current crisis between Aguleri and Umueri Communities both in Anambra East LGA of the state.
The two neighbouring communities on Saturday went into a fiasco over lingering land issues.
Recall that the communities went into all out war between 1999 and 2001 leaving behind massive destruction of property worth millions of naira, with residents running to nearby communities for refuge.
A release signed by ASCONET Chairman, Prince Chris Azor, the Network implored indigenes of the two communities to eschew all forms of violence and pursue peace option towards settling their grievances and differences.
The network reminded both communities of their age long ties of affinity and brotherhoo.
It called on traditional rulers and leaders of both communities, as well as the entire Omambala stakeholders, to convoke peace building and conflict resolution dialogue meetings, that would engender sustainable peaceful coexistence in the affected Communities.
The statement added, “The network enjoins all stakeholders to key into the State government’s intervention efforts, through the Governor, Chief (Sir) Willie Obiano, and ensure cessation of hostilities.
“Escalation of the crisis may adversely affect lives and livelihoods of our people, more so during this COVID-19 pandemic and its debilitating social and economic challenges.”
According to the statement, members of the Network are already assisting in peace building, resilience and rehabilitation efforts in the affected communities.
While appreciating the state Governor for his rapid response in ensuring calm in the affected communities, the network hailed the State Police Command under the leadership of Commissioner of Police CP John Abang for the timely intervention and swift response towards restoring normalcy in the area.