The people of Umuchu Community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State have appealed to both the Federal and Anambra state boundary commissions to intervene in the boundary crisis between them and Umunze Community in Orumba South Local Government Area of the state.
The chairman of Umuchu vigilante group, Mr Ralph Njirika, who made this appeal in a statement issued to pressmen in Anambra, pleaded for government to help the two communities conduct a peaceful boundary demarcation.
While accusing Umunze community of delaying the boundary demarcation, he disclosed that the boundary which received judgement since 1932 would have been demarcated before now.
According to him, “Now we are appealing to Anambra state government and Federal Government boundary commission to demarcate the boundary between the two communities in a peaceful demarcation.
“After the meeting we had in Awka on 18th of May 2021 with the Deputy Governor, we went back to the site for boundary demarcation with surveyors representing the Government, Umuchu and Umunze.
“But due to the argument on some portion of land they are agitating to get it couldn’t work out so the Deputy governor now ordered everybody to go back to the site on the 3rd of June 2021. On the 3rd of June they went back to the site and they continue arguing and until now the boundary line have not been achieved. There is insincerity and delay tactics on this job on the side of Umunze. There is a hidden agenda on the side of Umunze and Nzomiwe as a person.
“My suggestion is to draw the attention of Anambra state Governor, Chief Willy Obiano to tell him that this boundary has received a judgement at the supreme Court of Nigeria in 1932 and also the boundary committee during SBTC meeting held in Awka on Oct 11,2018, which they agreed to use the document to demarcate the boundary.
“I Ralph Njirika, the chairman of vigilantes group in Umuchu is appealing to state government and Federal Government boundary demarcation commission to help us demarcate the boundary to save the lives of people from the two communities.
“I appeal to the appropriate government agencies to urgently intervene to avoid escalation of this crisis and stop blood shading from the two communities. This has been lingering since and being delayed for decades and we have 1932 judgement on how to demarcate the boundary”, he said.