C’River/Ebonyi Conflict: Ayade, Umahi Seal Peace Deal To Smash Bloodbath, Displacement Horror

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Governors Ben Ayade (Cross River) and David Umahi  (Ebonyi)
The governments of Cross River State and Ebonyi State are currently making frantic efforts to smash the perennial violent clashes between communities at the boundary fronts. To this end, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River and his Ebonyi counterpart, David Umahi have sealed a peace and infrastructure pact to sustainably resolved the boundary crisis rocking the two  states.

Scores of citizens have been killed, with more than 7,000 Igbeagu Izzi indigenes of Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi  displaced following the inter-communal crisis between Izzi people and their Ukeje counterparts in Cross River.

Local sources say over 1,500 houses have been destroyed by suspected Ukele militias fighting in Izzi.

As part of the peace deal, they are to construct a combined 1.1 kilometers of bridges and a combined 26.2 kilometers of road. A ten point communique issued at the end of the meeting stated that the Ebonyi State government will construct a 600 metres bridge across Oferekpe River in Ikwo axis and 500 metres bridge at Ndibe Beach in Afikpo.

 

The Ayade administration is complimenting the deal with the construction of a 7.2km road to link up with the Federal high way coming in from Ogada to Oferekpe in Ebonyi state as well as 19km road linking Ndibe beach to Ugep in Yakurr local government area or a 17km road linking Ndibe beach to Adim in Biase local government area.

 

Representatives of the disputed communities in attendance were directed to return to their various communities and sensitise them on the way forward with a view to proffering solutions to the challenges at the flash points.

 

Both states will also submit a position paper on their boundary claims, annexing relevant legal documents, maps and communiques of previous meetings within 30 days while arbitrarators including the National Boundary Commission, as a third arbitrator would be appointed.

 

Furthermore, both states will embark on a disarmament of the combatants and thereafter grant amnesty to those who willingly handover the dangerous weapons in their possession within a period of 90 days from August 7, 2018.

 

Ebonyi State Information Commissioner, Emma Onwe says he intends to tour the flash points soon.

1 COMMENT

  1. Its unfortunate that whatever peace talk that is made does not involves core security personnel in charge of affected areas.At least HOLGA,DSO,DPO,Clan Heads etc of Yala and Izzi should have been in attendance to brainstorm on way forward. When ever it is rumoured that peace have been brokered, Izzi seized opportunity to attack the Ukelles.As I comment,heavy shooting is ongoing between these communities. No peace yet on sight.

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