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Royal father scuttles inauguration of neighbourhood watch in Enugu community

By Chinenyeh Ozor

An uneasy calm pervades Eziani autonomous community in Nsukka local government area, Enugu State as the tradtional ruler of the community Igwe Tony Ezema alllegedly employed the services of both the Police and local security to stop the inaugration of Agbor Eziani and Agbor Obimo neighbourhood watch against any invassion by Fulani herdsmen that have wrecked havoc in most communities in the state with particular reference to the Nimbo community recently.

•Town union executives of Agbor Obimo and Agbor Eziani with Igwe Spencer Ugwoke
•Town union executives of Agbor Obimo and Agbor Eziani with Igwe Spencer Ugwoke

Vanguard gathered that both Eziani and Obimo communities had planned inauguration of a joint local security network to guard against both encroachment and invasion of the Fulani herdsmen to both communities that have an ancestoral boundary before Eziani autonomous community was created out of Obimo community, only for the traditional ruler of Eziani to allegedly hijack and seal central school Eziani venue of the event with police on the grounds that the function could not hold in his domain without his consent, scattered camopies and chased people away to waste everything spent for the occasion.

Irked with the development, the traditional ruler of Obimo Igwe Spencer Ugwoke together with the town union chairmen of Agbor Obimo Hon. Alex Ike Eze former executive chairman Nsukka LGA, former house of representatives member Nsukka/Igbo-etiti federal constituency and chairman Agbor Eziani town union Chief Augustine Ugwoke accosted the Area commander Nsukka police command Monday Bala Kuryasi (ACP) who alllegedly said that he was only informed that some people were assembling in the community    unlawfully to cause trouble which compelled the command to move men to the place to ensure there was peace and order in the community.

The quick intervention of the traditional ruler of Obimo and the two town union chairmen brokered peace and shifted the event from the original venue scheduled for 2pm to Obimo central school at about 5pm where the 40 man joint neighbourhood watch patrol team were finally inaugurated for the ancenstoral history of both communities for peaceful co-existence in the locality and the state generally.

Speaking at the brief but solemn ceremony the traditional ruler of Obimo community, Igwe Spencer Ugwoke noted that the essence of the joint security patrol was to avert any invasion to the communities as a group had earlier placed an advertorial in the national dailies claimining Ola, Ihoko, Ugwuokpa and Ashibo, jointly owned by Agbor Obimo and Agbor Eziani respectively, adding that joint security efforts were aimed at  reunite youths of both communities to understand the brotherly existence of the cultural heritage for ages.

Igwe Ugwoke noted with the incesseant reports of the attack by Fulani herdsmen across the country, every community takes precaution to guard against their community and agurment efforts of the police and other security agencies to nip in the bud invasion of the herdsmen, explaining that both Agbor Obimo and Eziani share things in common as biological brothers before the creation of Eziani autonomous community was created and would continue to maintain the status quo irrespective of the creation of Eziani community out of Obimo.

He said that moving the inaguration of the joint security from Eziani to Obimo was to show love of one another, pointing out that none of the communities were strangers to one another as both have been in existence and share one cultural identity over the ages.

Both chairmen of the town unions messrs Alex Ike Eze and Augustine Ugwoke in their separate speeches said that no amount of pressure from any quarter could deter the communities from seeing themselves as one body irrespective of the creation of Eziani community out of their ancenstoral lineage in Obimo community, for the unity and progress of both communities as obtained in the past.

Efforts made to speak to the traditional ruler of Eziani autonomous community Igwe Tony Ezema proved abortive as he was unable to pick phone calls put acroos nor respond to text messages sent to him to react on the issue till the time of this report.

 


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