By Nwogha Ndubuisi Andy
Following the lingering internal crisis which had rocked Mbamini village in Igbeagu Autonomous Community, Izzi Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, for months the Caretaker Chairman of the Council, Hon. Paul Uyo Ugboloke on Friday 19th June, 2020 reunited the two aggrieved factions.
Recall that there had been leadership tussle at Mbamini between a group led by Mr. Nwoji Elijah Nnaji, and another led by Chief Aligwe Egbe, the village head.
The tussle allegedly erupted due to Chief Aligwe’s inability to give acceptable account of his six years stewardship.
It was said that Chief Aligwe Egwe alongside Ezoke Nwogha and Ayogu Nwenyi Jnr. were fined for defying the people’s common law by reporting the case to the traditional ruler.
This, they said, metamorphosed to attack from group allegedly led by Hon. Monday Nkwuda and they made away with property worth millions of naira.
The embattled leader, Mr. Nwoji hinted that the villagers lost their property in the hands of the miscreants who invaded the place and carted away farm produce and other house properties including motorcycles and televisions.
He hinted that with the intervention of the state government and stakeholders from different parts of the clan that they have accepted to remain law abiding, hoping to get back their property as promised.
In his words, “We appreciate the men of the press, entire stakeholders of Izzi clan Commissioner for Internal Security, Border Peace and Conflict Resolution and Caretaker Chairman, Izzi LGA, Hon. Paul Ugboloko for being with us throughout the trial time and we assure them that we will remain law abiding, hoping to get our looted property as promised’.
On his part, Commissioner for Internal Security, Border Peace and Conflict Resolution, Hon. Stanley Okoro Emegha who was ably represented by the ministry’s Head of Department, Hon. Martins Ifeanyichukwu Igurube frowned at the attitude of some villagers and said that they have ascertained the root cause of the crises, promising to return permanent peace in the area.
“We are here because of report of crisis that we received from a group led by Mr. Elijah Nnaji. The council Chairman wrote to the ministry as regards to the development and the Honourable Commissioner had met with them in Government House and agreed to meet with them in a larger Community.”
“They have made their submissions and we noted with dismay the attitude of some villagers led by the former village Head, Mr. Aligwe and today we were able to obtain the fact that they know those terrorizing the village but irrespective of the fact, we appeal to the villagers to allow us to do our part.”
Lending his voice, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Project, Hon. Richard Idike commended the two aggrieved factions for their truthful submission, noting that such would help the committee to come up with reliable solution to the crisis.
Traditional Ruler, Igbeagu Autonomous Community, His Royal Highness, Eze Michael Ogbonna Ukwa faulted action taken by the accused group as he pointed out that it beats his imagination that there are some group of people fuelling crisis amidst the external rift at the border area with neighbouring state.
The Eze who spoke in tears condemned the barbaric act of those miscreants and said such is a taboo in the land but stressed that he had forgiven those who use media in accusing him to have sponsored the mayhem against his own people.
He appreciated the effort made by Commissioner for Internal Security, Border Peace and Conflict Resolution, Hon. Stanley Okoro Emegha, Caretaker Chairman Izzi Local Government Area, Hon. Paul Uyo Ugboloke and traditional rulers from the three council areas of Izzi clan, calling the people to remain law abiding and continue supporting policies and programmes of Umahi lead administration.
In their good will messages, the youth leader, Comrade Mbam Jonas thanked the team for restoring peace in the village, while Chief Aligwe Egwe and Mr. Nwoji Nnaji promised to abide by the resolution reached during the meeting.