Anambra communal crises: Police avert bloodshed as CP sues for peace

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The Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command, CP John B. Abang has waded into the land dispute  between Achalla and Urum communities in Awka North local government area of the state.

He warned both parties to maintain peace and explore all the legal avenues to resolve their grievances  without resorting to violence.

In a statement from the Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, said the CP further assured both parties that he would contact the State Government to key into the matter in order to find lasting solution to the lingering problem.

“It would be recalled that on the 15/5/2020 the Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command *CP John B. Abang, fdc* summoned all stake holders in Achalla and Urum  Communities over the looming crisis concerning land dispute which both Communities were laying claim of ownership.

“The CP waded into the matter and warned  both parties to maintain peace and explore all the legal avenues to resolve their grievances  without resorting to violence.The CP further assured both parties that he would contact the State Government to key into the matter in order to find lasting solution to the lingering problem.

“However, despite the Commissioner of Police intervention and warning ,the two warring communities had on 27/5/2020 engaged themselves into a fight over same land matter.

“Following the distress, the Command quiclky dispatched joint Police teams comprising PMF/SARS and other Conventional Units led by the Area Commander Awka ACP Yemi Ajayi.Situation was brought under control, while joint patrol is still ongoing to restore normalcy in the affected areas. 

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“Meanwhile, extent of damage and injuries sustained has not yet being ascertained but the Commissioner of Police has directed the State CID Awka to carry out discreet investigation in order to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators to book.”

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