By Nwogha Ndubuisi Andy
Izzi Forum on Monday 3rd June, 2019 distributed relief materials to 8 Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps scattered across villages in Igbeagu Community, mostly those affected by the recent halted communal crisis between Ukelle, Yala LGA of Cross River State and Igbeagu, Izzi LGA of Ebonyi State.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the donation, Chairman, Izzi Forum and Traditional ruler, Nkaleke Autonomous community, His Royal Highness (HRH) Eze Sunday Nkwegu Oketa stated that the materials were provided by concerned communities of Izzi clan who shared the plight faced by the people living within the crises area, as a way to ameliorate hardship currently ravaging the people.
The traditional Ruler commended the state Governor, Engr. David Umahi for re-establishing peace in communities facing similar hostilities in all parts of the state, stressing that the group’s way to appreciate the peace initiative of the state government was to support affected victims with foods and clothes.
He lamented that among the victims numbering over three thousand were in various business ventures at Akajiol, a community in Cross River state where they were chased away and their property seized by the people over alleged missing indigene of the place along the Ukele and Igbeagu axis where tension was high at the peak of the crises.
He said that the displaced persons are now subjected to untold hardship since they have no farm in their various villages coupled with the fact that many of them ran home to meet their extended families either in IDPs camp or under a shade where they are taking refuge outside their villages.
The forum chairman appealed to Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and all good spirited Nigerians to come to the peoples’ aid.
Earlier in his speech, the Traditional Ruler, Igbeagu Autonomous community, His Royal Highness, Eze Michael Ogbonnaya Ukwa thanked the people for being the first group that identified with the affected persons when they mostly needed help, calling on other sister clan of Ezza and Mgbo to show same gesture.
Eze Ukwa condemned rumour making the round that he alongside some community stakeholders are still levying their people for continual sponsoring of the fight, challenging those carrying the false news to come open before the state governor for them to dig out the claim.
The Peace Committee Chairman, Igbeagu and Ukelle communal crises set up by Ebonyi state government, Prof F.I Idike lauded the group, pointing out that peace is quickly returning to the two conflict communities as they have ceased fire since they commenced negotiation.
The former Vice Chancellor, Ebonyi State University appealed for more support from ministries of both federal and state government, urging the National Boundary Commission to hasten their plan for proper boundary demarcation as that would bring lasting solution to the conflict land.
Also speaking, Chairman Igbeagu Development Union, Mr. Nwoba Barnabas commended the group for their concern, stating that items brought to them would go a long way to give succor to the people.
In an interview, Chairman, Eze in Council, Chief Oke Francis, Chief Daniel Nwoba, Secretary Eze in Council, Chief Fidelis Nwofoke, Okwata village head and Chief Mark Onwe, Ndunwamfu village head stated that there was no farming activities since the crises erupted early last year, calling on concerned person to come to their rescue.
Meanwhile, beneficiary camps are: Achacha I, Achacha II, Ochafu, Nwankeleke, Ndunwampfu, Okwata, Okwerike, Edukwu Uzashi and their vigilante groups.Follow us