FOLLOWING resumed hostilities between Aguleri and Umueri communities in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State over a plot of land on Friday, a platform for citizens and non-state actors known as Anambra Civil Society Network (ACSONET) has urged indigenes of the two communities to pursue peace in settling their differences .
In a release signed by the oranisation’s chairman, who is also the Citizens’ Co-Chair, Open Govermment Partnership (OGP) in the state, Prince Chris Azor, the network condemned the hostilities , reminding both communities of their age long ties of affinity and brotherhood and called on the traditional rulers and leaders of both communities, as well as the entire Omambala stakeholders, to convoke peace building and conflict resolution dialogue meetings, that would engender sustainable peaceful coexistence in the affected communities.
The statement also enjoins all stakeholders to key into the state government’s intervention efforts, through the governor, Chief Willie Obiano, and ensure cessation of hostilities, even as it reminded the people that escalation of the crisis may adversely affect lives and livelihoods of the people, particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic and its debilitating social and economic challenges.
According to the statement, members of the network are already assisting in peace building, resilience and rehabilitation efforts in the affected communities.
The statement appreciates Governor Willie Obiano for his rapid response in ensuring calm in the affected communities.
It also applauded the state Police Command under the leadership of Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr John Abang, for the timely intervention and swift response towards restoring normalcy in the area.
It will be recalled that both communities have between 1999 and 2001 engaged in a fierce war that claimed human lives and property and that Governor Willie Obiano, hours after the crisis erupted on Friday, imposed curfew on Aguleri, Umueri and Umuoba Anam to stem the outbreak of the violence in the communities.
A statement from the governor said the curfew, which began on Saturday, January 16, from 7pm to 7am daily, would last for three days.
Meanwhile one building, four vehicles and two motorcycles had been set ablaze before the announcement of the curfew.