Mrs Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO)
The Ebonyi Police Command on Friday in Abakaliki denied alleged report of escalation of tension in the land dispute involving Enyigba Community in Ikwo local government area and its Enyibichiri sister in Abakaliki LGA. all in Ebonyi.
Mrs Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in an interview with our reporter said that the Command was yet to receive any official report of current escalation of violence leading to casualties in the area.
The police spokesperson who dismissed the alleged tension described the report as a figment of the imagination of those peddling the rumour the report.
Oda, however, said that Mr Aliyu Garba, the new Commissioner of Police in the state has met with the chairmen of Ikwo, Abakaliki and Izzi LGAs where he harped the need for peaceful existence among communities in the areas.
Oda said that the meeting was part of engagements by the police boss with leaders and stakeholders of communities experiencing any form of crisis.
She said that police were determined to ensure that crisis did not erupt in any part of the state stressing that the command has beefed up security surveillance in all parts of the state.
“Well, I’m not aware of any crisis resulting to deaths from the Enyigba and Enyibichiri communities land dispute.
“But, what I can tell you is that the Commissioner of Police met with the council chairmen from Ikwo, Abakaliki and Izzi during which he emphasised need for communities in the three LGAs to shun all forms of violence and to live in peace with one another.
“The chairmen were told to go and ensure that there is peace in their areas and that the police will not entertain any report of conflict in their various communities.
“After the meeting, we have not heard any report of escalation of tension or killings in these parts of the state,” so, I can assure the public that there is relative calm and peace in the area,” Odah said.
Meanwhile, Chief Celestine Nwigbere, Chairman of Ikwo LGA has warned of escalation of tension in the area and urged road users to be wary of dangers this posed to security of lives and property of passengers.
In a statement signed by Miss Ugonna Utulor, Special Assistant to the chairman on Media, Documentation and ICT made available to our reporter, warned road users from the Ikwo axis to avoid plying Obubra Junction /Nwelem Market /Noyo Road.
“The attention of Ikwo people, particularly those plying Obubra Junction/Nwelem Market/Noyo Road and all other roads passing through Enyigba Community of Abakaliki LGA, is to be drawn to the recent escalation of the Enyigba/Enyibichiri land dispute.
“The recent escalation of tension in the disputed land has resulted to casualties and we wish to alert the general public and such road users to be wary of this development and avoid these routes, ” the statement read.