By Nwanosike Onu, Awka
Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) have appealed to indigenes of
Aguleri and Umueri communities in Anambra East local government area to give peace a chance.
They said the mayhem, which left two persons feared dead on Saturday morning with buildings and vehicles burnt, was condemnable.
APC’s Senator Andy Uba, Hon Dr Tony Nwoye and PDP’s Valentine Ozigbo, said the communal crisis is unnecessary and uncalled for.
Spokesman of Anambra Police Command, Mohammed Haruna, claimed no life was lost but confirmed that one building and some vehicles were burnt in the clash.
Haruna said the situation had been brought under control as security personnel from the State Joint Task Force JTF were drafted to the areas immediately
However, a source from one of the communities who pleaded anonymity, said two persons died, while many others got wounded over some piece of land.
In their separate reactions on Sunday, Senator Andy Uba and Hon Nwoye of APC said the action was regrettable while condemning it.
Ozigbo, one of the PDP governorship aspirants, condemned the communal clashes between the neighbouring towns of Aguleri and Umuleri
In a statement, Ozigbo called on the authorities to intervene and establish lasting peace, adding that without peace, there won’t be progress in any society
“Last year, I travelled through the 21 local government areas of Anambra State, preaching on the importance of peace to our collective progress and prosperity.
“It is unfortunate that the dispute between Aguleri and Umuleri has been allowed to degenerate to this worrisome level. Violence never solves the problem; it only makes things worse,” Ozigbo said
Uba and Nwoye called on the two communities to sheath their swords and avoid escalations of violent confrontations that may lead to another clash.
Uba said: “Anambra State has been enjoying a relative peace for some time now as a result of the type of security personnel in the State and we will want it to continue
“In 1998/1999, such a war in the two neighbouring communities put Anambra State in a bad light because the then President Olusegun Obasanjo came to the rescue of the state. There is a need for peace and for all of us to live as brothers and sisters please.”
Nwoye said he was pained by the renewed hostilities between the two neighbouring communities over land ownership rights
He said the Anambra East and largely Omambala area, could not afford to be a theatre of another fratricidal war as witnessed in 1999
That war, according to Nwoye, led to so much bloodshed, destruction of property, economic ruins and breaking of love bond between two brothers.
He said the situation regrettably, retrogressed the area in economic, human and infrastructural developments when compared to other zones.
Source: The Nation