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Delta Panel of Inquiry Decries Killings, Destruction Of Properties

Delta, Panel of Inquiry, Oghara, Udu, Urhobo
Posted: Jun 29, 2016 at 3:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Felix Igbekoyi

Asaba – The Panel of Inquiry constituted by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to resolve the boundary dispute between Udu and Warri South-West Local Government areas has decried the killings, wanton destruction of property and grounding of economic activities in the area.

Prof. Abedlego Ekoko, Chairman of the panel, while addressing the people of the areas, pleaded with the various parties to embrace peace and trust the Panel’s capacity to resolve the dispute.

Commencing the second phase of its assignment, the eight-man panel gave them a strong assurance that Governor Okowa was irrevocably committed to putting an end to the intractable land dispute between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh.

“This panel is different from the two previous panels constituted by government in 1995/95 and 2009 that failed to resolve the dispute. I want to assure you that the governor has the political will to implement the report of this committee when it concludes its assignment as he has given us his words,” Prof. Ekoko reiterated.

While soliciting for the continued cooperation of both communities, the chairman of the panel explained to the people of the area who came out en mass to receive its members, the modus operandi and method adopted by the panel in achieving its goal.

He said from the assurance and cooperation received so far from leaders of communities involved in the dispute, the panel was set to commence the survey and demarcation of the boundary after each community has identified its claims.

Members of the panel were also at Isaba community where they met with the traditional ruler of the kingdom, who disclosed to the committee that though Isaba was not a party to the land dispute, his community submitted memoranda which alleged that the only access road that leads to Warri through Aladja was blocked thereby preventing free movement of persons and goods.

The monarch, who also alleged that his vehicle was vandalized by youths of Aladja, said in spite of the attack, his community would remain law abiding even as he distanced his kingdom from the dispute.

It would be recalled that barely two weeks after its inaugural public hearing where the feuding communities and other individuals and groups presented their memoranda, the panel headed by Ekoko commenced the second phase of its assignment with a visit to Aladja, Ogbe-Ijoh and Isaba communities where members of the panel met with traditional rulers, community leaders and youths of the areas.