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Umueri Peace Panel commends settlement moves

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THE Panel set up by Anambra State Government to resolve the intra-communal crisis rocking Umueri, in Anambra East Local Government Area of the state has commended the decision of the people to settle the matter internally.

Secretary of the panel, Mr. Nwabufo Nwankwo, who made the commendation during a session with journalists, confirmed that the people had requested the panel to give them two weeks to resolve the matter through alternative dispute resolution process.

Mr. Nwankwo disclosed that the panel held public sittings about five times and took briefs from all the parties involved in the skirmishes before they voluntarily applied for withdrawal of the case to explore internal option of permanent solution to the issues at stake.

`He felt that the option of alternative dispute resolution would be the best panacea, as the stakeholders would sit round a table, looking themselves eyeball-to-eyeball and dialogue over the matter for a permanent solution.

“The government, together with all the parties concerned will be saved the pains, time and resources, because the people would be attending the panel’s sittings from their remote community to Awka,” he noted.

Commending the traditional ruler of Umueri, Igwe Ben Emeka (Okebo II), and the town union officials for their maximum cooperation with the panel throughout its assignment, Mr. Nwankwo prayed for successful outcome of the latest peace moves by the people.

The scribe admonished other communities engulfed by internal crisis to borrow a leaf from the Umueri example, by applying possible alternative solution, adding that the state government was interested in restoring enduring peace and tranquility to all troubled areas in the state.

The panel is headed by retired Justice P. K. Anigbogu, with Igwe Rowland Odegbo of Nteje, Igwe Peter Uyanwa of Ukwulu, Igwe Sunday Okafor of Okpuno, as well as retired Air Vice-Marshal Ben Chiobi , retired Commissioner of Police Ike Aduba and representative of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, among others, as members. 

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