By Emma Una
CALABAR—Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ivara Esu and his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dr Kelechi Igwe, have met with warring communities of Ukelle and Izzi in the two states who have been fighting over land and sued for peace.
The two deputy governors, along with the Director General of the National Boundaries Commission, Mohammad Ahmad, met with the people at Mfuma in South Ukelle, Yala Local Government Area to find ways to restore peace in the area following days of fighting which led to destruction of lives and properties.
Prof Esu who spoke first said the two communities had lived together for many years and intermarried but sudden agitation for rights over land had led to disagreements and crisis leading to loss of lives.
“In all circumstances, it has been established that the Ukele man has no problem having an Izzi man living side by side with him and they have lived in peace but what I have seen in various reports is that the National Boundaries Commission has not done the needful by establishing the boundaries between these two communities. But we now have many educated people who want to take advantage of the situation, the Commission should not delay any further.”