Peace Returns To Anambra community As Warring Villages Dump Court Judgement, Sign MoU | Independent Newspapers Nigeria

Onitsha – Peace has finally been restored in Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area, Anambra state, following the dumping of an Ogbaru high court judgment by both the plaintiff, Ezele Mbana quarter
of Ezele Village and defendant, Umuezegbute quarter of Isu village,
in Oba, to tow the path of peace.

It could be recalled that on 28th day of February 2020 the defendant, (Umuezegbute), got judgment in its favour in suit No. HID/92/1999, when it was sued by the plaintiff, (Ezele Mbana) over land issue.

Basking in the euphoria of its victory, Umuezegbute on3rd August 2020,
executed the court judgment by entering the land with armed policemen and bulldozers that commenced the destruction of residential buildings, Vehicles, motorbikes and other possessions of the defeated plaintiff (Ezele Mbana) worth millions of naira and scores of people sustained various degrees of injuries as the defeated put up little or no resistance.

As the destruction escalated, the Ezele Mbana people who claimed they
have lived in that controversial land for over 400 years, petitioned the executive of the Oba Patriotic Union, OPU, regent of the
community, Prince Noel Ezenwa and stakeholders to come to their rescue.

Immediately, those petitioned mobilised, set up an eight-member Peace committee led by the regent as chairman while Nze Ifeanyichukwu Onwupenata is an alternative chairman.

Others included, Mr E.A. Adogu-secretary, Chief Orlando ibeakuzie-legal adviser,Bennet Chibueze-member, Mr Amaechi Aghaonu-member, Mr Ogonna Okafor-member and Mr Charles Agha-member.

The committee was charged with the responsibility of enthroning a
permanent peace at all cost and it came up with resolutions/rulings which both warring villages endorsed.

The resolutions/rulings included among others that, the court judgment
in favour of Umuezegbute be set aside and buried forever while the execution of the order be discontinued forthwith as the agreement both endorsed hereby shall subsist.

That the Ezele Mbana remained the owner of the controversial land in perpetuity on the perfection of this agreement and a sum of 10 million paid to Umuezegbute as total and final settlement for Iru-ani in perpetuity.

That all present occupants and in possession of the land other than
the occupiers of the homestead of Ezele Mbana portion shall pay to Umuezegbute the sum of #1.5million per occupant in possession, per plot and same paid into Umuezegbute’s account.

It was commendation galore to the committee at the venue, palace of
Igwe Peter Ezenwa (Ezekpoko) who has joined his ancestors.

The regent had while thanking the warring billages for allowing peace to reign stressed the need for all to be their brothers keepers.

He thanked God for giving them the strenght and wisdom for which they
were able to achieve the peace adding that it was an uphill task especially on the part of opposition to peace restoration.

Contributing, the alternative chairman, Nze Ifeanyichukwu Onwupenata
(aka Obiaomee) stated that, it is by the special grace of God that
we were able to achieve this peace as the task was much but God is on our side we were able to achieve peace.

“I am a peacemaker and always talk and stay on the side of truth. We know that Umuezegbute had judgment but forever lasting peace to reign they had to dump that judgment and Ezele Mbana also did as expected”

on the challenges that confronted the committee on the course of achieving the peace, he said that “so many people did not want the committee to succeed but peace is better than war”.

A member of the committee,Chief Benneth Chibueze paid glowing tribute
to the regent for ensuring that peace was achieved and prayed God to reward him abundantly hinting that he is a reprica of his father, Igwe Ezenwa. When it comes to achieving peace.

Among those that expressed satisfaction with the way the committee handled the issue included, the President General of Oba Patriotic Union, Chief Clifford Maduwa Enendu, who recalled that when the execution commenced, “we cried and called on the regent who responded and restored peace with Nze Ifeanyichukwu Onwupenata (a.k.a. Obiaomee) and others too numerous to mention and through their efforts peace has been restored.”

Others were, Rev. Christian Okoye from Ezele Mbana who recalled that
he ran away for his dear life when the execution was going on. Chief Emma Nwanegbo, Boniface Maduwa, Mr Uzor Ifediora (aka Kingkaima) and Obi Augustine.

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