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Anambra resolves 50-yr-old Ogidi, Abatete boundary dispute



THE protracted land boundary dispute between Umuezeobodo, Ajilija, Ogidi and Umudunu, Agbaja, Abatete both in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State has been resolved.

  The settlement was brokered by the state government, through the panel for resolution of boundary disputes. The breakthrough came after over 50 years in which the two neighbouring communities spared nothing in the tussle.

  Addressing the feuding communities on behalf of Gov. Willie Obiano in his office during a brief ceremony to mark an official settlement of the dispute yesterday, Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke decried rising incidents of land and boundary disputes across the country.

  According to him, the state can do very well only if communities embrace peace and good neighbourliness to pave way for sustainable development in their areas.

  Speaking after the two communities embraced one another as sign of settlement, President General of Ogidi, Nelson Onubogu cautioned against selling the lands by either side. His counterpart from Abatete, Ernest Ekunie pledged his people’s commitment to government’s efforts in resolving the dispute in the interest of peace and stability.

  Prayers were offered for lasting peace in the two communities and other towns in Anambra State.

  Official commissioning of the boundary and placement of monuments as well as musical performances were highpoints of the ceremony.

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