It said that the continuous excavation of these resources at the river bank would pose a big threat to over 100 buildings across some communities in Mbaitoli, Oru East and Oguta Local Government Areas of the State, which were disputing the ownership of the land around the embankment.
The Helmsman of the Bureau for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Ambassador, Peter Ohagwa, while addressing the people remarked that the embargo was not done in bad faith as it was without prejudice with any court action in respect of the land near the excavation site.
“The finding revealed the creation of a big gully that poses a threat to the Owerri-Onitsha Expressway beside the excavation site. The excavation area has deepened to about 40 feet in the normal ground soil level in the area, about half kilometer length. And at present has encroached to two and half poles distance to Umudiofu village.”
Ambassador Ohagwa noted that the State Government also placed the embargo to avert an impending landslide and loss of life which could result in collapse of buildings.
He announced that the State Government was making contact with the Federal Government for immediate control of the gulley erosion by refilling of the excavated areas.
Ambassador Ohagwa stressed the need for the communities around the area to maintain peaceful co-existence.