Adadama-Amagu Conflict Near End, Cross River Assembly Speaker Assures

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Speaker, John Gaul Lebo (M) and a delegation of Adadama Chiefs and Community leaders after a courtesy call to the Speaker in his office in Calabar yesterday
Speaker, John Gaul Lebo (M) and a delegation of Adadama Chiefs and Community leaders after a courtesy call to the Speaker in his office in Calabar yesterday

The protracted crisis between the Adadama community of Abi LGA in Cross River state and her neighbouring Amagu community in Ebonyi State is near end.

Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly Hon John Gaul Lebo gave the indication yesterday when he received the Adadama Traditional Rulers Council and Community Leaders in his office in Calabar.

He observed that it was a priority both in his agenda and the agenda of the state government to ensure that permanent peace returned to the warring communities, adding that concerted efforts were on-going to amicably resolve the crisis which has left the Adadama community restive for the past 6 years.

Hon. Lebo, who regretted that the protracted communal tussle between Adadama and Amagu has brought untold hardship to the people, however assured that measures were in place to help ameliorate the sufferings of the villagers who according to him have become the major casualties of the lingering conflict.

The Speaker mentioned that the Surveyor-General of the Federation would soon determine the boundary between both communities with appropriate demarcation established while construction of the proposed Mobile Police base which would buffer the warring communities would commence afterwards.

He urged the Adadama people to remain calm and patient as he was determined to bring succour to the community through peace and development while stressing the need for the community to cooperate with the government towards restoring normalcy to the area.

Earlier in his presentation, the leader of the delegation and the Lezekpakor XI of Adadama, His Royal Highness, Eval Nelson Eni Enya stated that the visit became necessary to enable the community re-enact its faith in the Speaker to bring an end to the crisis in the area.

He lamented the difficulties encountered by the people due to the lingering conflicts, stressing that the community needed urgent intervention of the government in the area of relief materials to enhance the living condition of the people whom he said were predominantly farmers and fishermen.

He maintained that Adadama was a peace loving community which had over the years, maintained good neighbourliness with surrounding communities until the recent Amagu crisis, adding that the community was eager to toe the path of peace.

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