Gov. Umahi takes over disputed land in Izzi LGA.

2016_09_21_95618Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has taken over the disputed hect­ares of land in Izzi Local Government Area to pre­vent further bloodshed between the people of Mkpuma-Ekwoku and Ogwuzeru-Onweya com­munities.
He announced the de­cision of the state govern­ment when he visited the disputed land few hours after three people were re­portedly killed and sever­al houses burnt by youths of the two communities on Sunday.
Umahi said: “Our posi­tion as government is that anywhere we have land dispute, government, which, is naturally the owner of land, will take it over. So from today, that is 14th of November, the entire land that is in con­tention is hereby revoked and taken over by the government. So, nobody will farm on this land again; it becomes govern­ment land.”
The governor in a state­ment issued on Tuesday by the Chief Press Sec­retary, Mr Emma Anya, announced a donation of N10million for the rebuilding of the burnt houses and provision of relief material for the vic­tims.
He also directed po­litical appointees from the Council to forfeit 50 percent of their allowances towards rebuilding the houses.
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