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Azia chieftaincy panel receives 50 petitions

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THE Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Anambra State Government to resolve the chieftaincy dispute in Azia community, Ihiala Local Government Area of the state, received over 50 memoranda and obtained oral evidence from the major stakeholders in the community.

  Led by Justice C.E.K. Anigbogu (retired) as chairman with Comrade Nwabufo Nwankwo as its secretary, the panel also visited the troubled community to get the testimony of a 96-year-old Obi Umudiokpala because the committee deemed the nonagenarian’s evidence as very useful in forming its decision on the issue at stake.

  According to the secretary of the committee, Comrade Nwankwo, they held eight public sittings to enable all the concerned parties who earlier submitted memoranda to adopt them and testify before the panel.

  The scribe expressed optimism that the committee’s report would provide the desired roadmap for the state government toward finding a permanent solution to the Azia chieftaincy dispute.

  He further commended the high level of maturity and cooperation by the people with the committee, particularly the principal personalities involved in the chieftaincy tussle.

  Urging the people to regard themselves and relate together as brothers irrespective of the unfortunate crisis, he emphasized that no benefit would be derived from such intra-communal strife, pointing out that several similar chieftaincy disputes had hitherto been successfully settled amicably by the state government.

  Mr.Nwankwo clarified that the panel had been going through the deluge of memoranda and would soon hold another public sitting to enable the remaining petitioners to adopt their memoranda and also give oral evidence before the committee before the compilation of its recommendations and final report to be submitted to the government.

  The panel’s scribe harped on the necessity of the community to embrace peace since it has so much to gain by coming to terms under the state government’s current intervention, as continued feud would not augur well for the envisaged lasting tranquility, unity, peaceful co-existence and progress of the community.

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