By Ike Uchechukwu
CALABAR—AFTER more than 60 years of land disputes between the people of Iyamitit in Adun and Ababene in Okum, Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State, the people have at last agreed to sheathe their swords.
The dispute which emanated from the ownership of a parcel of land at the border of the communities has lasted since 1957 and has led to loss of lives, destruction of property and crops.
Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Haffiz Mohammed, who brokered peace between the communities, told NDV in Calabar: ”The issue of Iyamitit and Ababene, which have disagreed for over 60 years has been resolved. I invited them to my office, we sat together and talked and they are now living in peace.”
Hafiz said: “War is not settled in the battle field. I also invited the leaders of Ediba and Usumutong communities in Abi Local Government Area of the state, who have been fighting for over a decade now for a peace talk. We will go to Abi to resolve the Ediba and Usumutong crisis.
“From there, I will move to Boki where there is a similar problem. We do not believe in using guns to bring peace, but we will continue talking to them to see the need of living peacefully together.”
While commending journalists and traditional rulers for their role in the fight to curb kidnapping and cultism in the state, he said: ”Cultism is one area that is giving security agencies serious concern in Cross River State, but we have dealt with cult related issues substantially and have arrested so many of them who are standing trials now in court.
“We have invited students and some organizations to talk to people because we believe that the criminals of today can turn around to become the most law- abiding people tomorrow. We have engaged people to carry out advocacy saying that cultism is not the way of life.”