Warring communities of 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, at the weekend agreed
unanimously to cease fire and make peace covenant.
The peaceful resolution of the war over land ownership, through
oath-taking, (Iko Mmee) it was gathered, is the most fearful means of
dispute settlement in the war torn communities and neighbourhood as
death awaits defiant ones.
On the fateful day, 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 to 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 Chsairman of the Peace Initiation
Committee, Anambra/Kogi States boarder crisis, Chief Emmanuel
Akabueze, who he said was not alive to see what he started came to
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 to have put in their money and time.
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
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.