The Anambra state Panel of Inquiry into Omor and Anaku communal crisis in Ayamelum Local Government Area, has visited the disputed areas for on the spot assessment of the extent of damage done.
The Panel led by its Chairman, Retired Air Vice Marshall Ben Chiobi, and its Secretary, Mrs Chinyere Nwabashili, toured all the affected areas with the local government Transition Chairman of Ayamelum council area as well as members of Ayamelum Boundary Adjustment and Peace Committee, members of the affected communities with the support of security men.
Correspondent Chibuzor Okoye reports that after moving round the areas involved in the crisis, Air Vice Marshall Chiobi who thanked members of the two communities for their comportment, said that the Panel decided to come and see the areas those who appear before the Panel in Awka, often mention to ascertain the level of damage done.
He assured that they are committed to seeing to the end of the crisis to enable the State government take a decision based on their findings and recommendations.
Air Vice Marshall Chiobi who is also the Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Creative security, revealed that from their findings, the crisis has to do with proper delineation of boundaries between both communities and assured that the state government will go to any length in solving community related problems across Anambra State using alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
The Chairman of the Panel appealed to both communities to support the Panel to do a judicious and satisfactory job, even as he urged Ndi Omor and Anaku to give peace a chance in order to attract development to the area.
The Transition Committee Chairman, Ayamelum Local Government Area, Barr. Benjamin Anyafulu-Onyeabo commended Governor Obiano for setting up the Committee and assured that the council area will give the Panel every necessary support they need to excel in their assignment.
For the Chairman, Ayamelum Boundary Adjustment & Peace Committee, Mr. Ben Ezeagbogu, they will continue to synergize with the Panel members to ensure that justice is done in the matter for peace to reign.
ABS equally observed that the crisis has sacked officers of the Nigeria Police Force, Ayamelum Division from their office located in Anaku.