According to the reporter, up to 18 houses was destroyed due to boundary fight between Aguleri and Umuleri, in Anambra.

It was reported that the land dispute between the two communities, with Umuleri laying claim to the said piece of land triggered the conflict.

President-General of Umuleri community, Chief Pius Okonkwo, and other leaders of the community told reporters, yesterday, in Awka that they were being pushed to the wall, even as they insisted that they did not want another war in the area.

He said that about a month ago, some youths suspected to be from Aguleri invaded Umuleri and destroyed houses and fences, in addition to inflicting injuries on some people.

He said that the attack was against the spirit of an agreement reached in the wake of the infamous war between the two communities from 1999 to 2002 that claimed many lives and called on the state government to implement the recommendations contained in the white paper.

The people of Umuleri is appealing to Governor Willie Obiano to quickly intervene in the matter before it engulfs the area.

 

Chief Pius Okonkwo said:

 

“Umuleri people want peace. We do not want to fight wars with our neigbours because we believe that wars are anathema and an ill wind which blows no one any good.

“Specifically, Umuleri wants enduring and genuine peace with Aguleri because we have built relationships (personal as well as business and even religious) with Aguleri people over several decades, if not centuries. We cherish these relationships and want to protect them.”

“We appeal to the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, who hails from Aguleri, to use this opportunity of being at the helm of affairs in our state, to put in place the machinery for achieving genuine peace between Aguleri and UmuIeri communities.

“We are also worried that his people are spoiling for war at a time he is facing re-election challenges.

“It is our prayer that Aguleri and Umuleri should be at peace so that our people responding to the Arewa quit notice and other sad developments in contemporary Nigeria, can run home to take refuge if need arises.