BY SUNNY A. DAVID
The Fled residents of Umumbo and Omor communities in Ayamelum Local Government Areas of Anambra State, are gradually returning to their homes following the restoration of peace in the area.
Residents of the waring communities reportedly fled their homes to the neighbouring villages for safety and fear of the unknown.
But our correspondent gathered that peace had been restored in the area following a joint meeting by the State Government, Joint Security Forces, Vigilante groups, traditional rulers, Youth leaders and Ayamelum leaders of thought.
The Police spokesperson, Mr. Haruna Mohammed (SP), in a statement, confirmed that residents of the area have finally returned back to their respective homes and normalcy restored in both communities.
Said he: “Following the restoration of peace in the affected communities through the efforts of the Anambra State Government, Joint Security Forces, Vigilante groups, traditional rulers, Youth leaders and Ayamelum leaders of thought, the residents have finally returned back to their respective homes and normalcy restored”.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, has assured that the situation is being monitored closely and further peace initiatives are still ongoing to restore permanent peace in the affected areas.
“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police thanked His Excellency Governor Willie Obiano, the Hon Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Honourable Uche Okafor, traditional Rulers and all the Stakeholders whose efforts helped immensely in restoring peace in the area and prevented the crisis from escalating,” it said.
“The CP further enjoined the citizens to eschew violence and always explore the legal avenues towards addressing their grievances in order to avert breakdown of law and order adding that the Police is committed towards enhancing safety and security for all Ndi Anambra and residents alike in the State,” Mr. Mohammed stated.
It would be recalled that there had been communal crisis between the two communities over piece of land, resulting to loss of lives and property, including abduction of no fewer than 300 persons in the area.
BY SUNNY A. DAVID