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By Nicholas Kalu, Calabar
The Ebom and Usumutong communities of Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State have agreed to settle their differences and allow peace.
The Police commissioner, Community leaders were invited by the Commissioner Austin Agbonlahor to a roundtable to address the issues and seek lasting solutions.
“They have realised there is no reason for them to die or kill themselves; they have bared their minds. The people were all here and they spoke their minds. They have all agreed that they have to drop whatever kind of animosity they have against themselves,” he said.
In the meeting at the Police Officers Mess in Calabar, which lasted over four hours, traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth and women leaders, noted that the common reason for frequent skirmishes between the communities have been land.
Participants at the meeting, who examined reasons for the clashes and other security challenges, also brainstormed on solutions to achieving peace.
Governor Ben Ayade lauded the gesture, describing it as first of its kind.
Ayade, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary on Security, Dr Alfred Mboto, said the situation had gotten to a point where the state is almost synonymous with crisis, hence the need to usher peace into the land.
According to him, no community would be judged, but only to look for ways to solve the problems permanently.
Agbonlahor, who called for all to resist fighting, said the police is committed to addressing the various security challenges in the state. He, however, noted that success can only be achieved with the people’s cooperation. Village head of Ebom Community Chief Sunday Obite, and Clan Head of Usumotong Community Chief Stephen Eremi called on the government and relevant security agencies to intervene in the crisis which led to the beheading of two persons.
Source; The Nation