As part of efforts to resolve the protracted conflict between residents of Abakaliki Local Government Area, of Ebonyi State and their counterparts in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River State, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Adamu Abubakar, last weekend held a stakeholders peace meeting with traditional, religious, political and youth leaders of the conflicting communities.
The meeting was as a result of the latest clash between Osofon Community and Ogorunde in Ebonyi and Cross River States on September 1, 2017 where seven persons were allegedly killed and two others wounded.
The meeting had in attendance, the Commissioners of Police from Ebonyi and Cross River States Mr. Titus Lamorde and Hafiz Mohammed respectively, representatives of the Department of State Security Services, the Special Advisers on Security to the governors of Ebonyi and Cross River states, Mr Keneth Ugbala and Jude Ngaji.
Others were the Secretary to Ebonyi State Government Professor Bernard Odoh and the representative of Cross River State Government Mr. Emmanuel Bassey.
Other top government functionaries and community leaders that attended the stakeholders meeting included the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Border and Peace, Mr. Sylvania Nwankwegu, former Senator Ngiji Ngele, Chief Jeremia Oketah, Honourable Mathew Uguru, Honourable Earnest Henriek, the traditional rulers from both communities Eze Godwin Nwankwegu and Eze Pious Nwamgele, as well as the Chairman Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
During the historic stakeholders peace meeting, the warring communities voluntarily agreed to forgive each other, eschew further acts of violence and seek genuine commitment to the resolutions at the meeting.
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