The Anambra State Command of the Nigeria Police has quelled what would have resulted in a communal war between Urum and Achala communites in Awka-North as both communities lay claim to a particular land in the area.
The timely intervention of the police in the land dispute prevented an imminent blood battle that would have claimed lives and destroyed properties in the area .
The statement released to Journalists yesterday on the matter by the Police spokesman SP Haruna Mohammed , disclosed that the state commissioner of police CP John Bassey Abang invited the warring parties to the command headquarters Awka where the police chief handled the matter to an amicable resolution.
The statement released by the PPRO on the land matter reads thus , ” In order to prevent breakdown of law and order between Achalla and Uruum communities in Awka North LGA of Anambra State over the looming land dispute between the two Communities which has generated tension in the affected areas,the Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command CP John B. Abang, has today 14/5/2020 invited all stake holders of the two Communities over the looming crisis and wades into the matter.
” Remote cause of the problem was the alleged tresspass of land belonging to Uruum Community by Achalla Community who also claimed ownership of same of land.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang warned both parties to maintain peace and explore all the legal avenues to resolve the matter without resorting to violence.
” The CP further assured both parties that he would contact the State Government boundary Commission to key into the matter in order to ascertain the rightful owners of the disputed land.” the statement concluded.