PEOPLE of Umuezegbute quarters of Isu village, Oba, Idemili South council area of Anambra state, have accused land speculators in the community of cowing them into waging war with their brothers in the neighboring village, Ezele Mbana quarters of Ezele village, in a bid to create problems to enable them lay hands on people’s land.
Making this disclosure during the signing of a peace pact between thetwo villages, the spokesman of Umuezegbutevillage, Chief Emmanuel C. Nwanegbo hinted that land grabbers have been a thorn in the fresh of the people of Ezele Mbana village since the year.
To buttress his point, he stated that it was the land grabbers who deceived the Ezele Mbana village to drag Umuezegbute (their landlord) to court and today the Ezele Mbana people have realized their mistakes and have understood that it is better to live in peace than war
“We have welcomed the idea and have accepted, acknowledged and have ceded the land to Ezele Mbana permanently for posterity.
What we have done today is signing the peace pact that peace has fully returned between Ezele Mbana and Umuezegbute villages, that we have ceded our land to Ezele Mbana to occupy, signals an end to unnecessary land tussle, it is fulfillment of a prophecy”
He urged the land speculators to tow the part of peace and look for legitimate means of livelihood instead of intimidating people they
felt they were bigger than, thereby encroaching on their land.
“The land grabbers should understand that we have a limited time to stay on this planet earth. Whatever you leave behind will be for you,
your generation and posterity, therefore live clean life, go and struggle and look for other means of livelihood instead of selling peoples land”.
Recall that on 28th day of February, 2020 Umuezegbute, got judgment in suit no. HID/92/1999, when it was sued by Ezele Mbana over land issue.
Basking in the euphoria of its victory, Umuezegbute on 3rd August 2020, executed the court judgment by entering the land with armed policemen and bull dozers that commenced destruction of residential buildings, vehicles, motorbikes and other possessions of the embattled plentiff (Ezele Mbana) worth millions of naira and scores of people sustained various degrees of injuries.
An eight-man Peace committee led by the Regent, Prince Noel Ezenwa as chairman was formed immediately with Nze Ifeanyichukwu Onwupenata as an alternative chairman.
The committee succeeded in restoring peace and both warring factions agreed and dumped an Ogbaru high court judgment that ceded the land to Umuezegbute.
It was jubilation galore at Umuezegbute hall when the two villages signed the peace pact, vowing that the land in dispute would from remain property of Ezele Mbana people permanently.
Signing the peace pact, the Regent said that, “it is for peace to reign that I am signing this agreement and whoever that says no to peace attracts catastrophe to himself.”
“It is only where there is peace that there is progress” and urged all to tow the part of peace in all their endeavours”.
The Regent recalled how he was troubled when the crisis erupted, that today peace has been restored and thanked God for giving them the strength and wisdom for which they were able to achieve the peace.
In his speech, the alternative chairman, Nze Ifeanyichukwu Onwupenata, stated that, “it is God that has made it possible for us to achieve this peace because without him all our efforts as peace committee would
have been in vain.