Land dispute: Ihedioha restores peace between Nigeria Air Force and host communities

Imo State Governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, CON, has intervened in the lingering land dispute between Obube and Umuowa communities in Owerri North, Ngor Okpala local government areas of Imo State and the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Regiment 211.

Governor Ihedioha, who was accompanied by the Commandant, 211 Regiment Group, Group Captain Phillip Elisha Bindul, and top government functionaries, visited the area to resolve the rift between the parties involved.
He sued for peaceful resolution of the crisis.

He said that the purpose of his visit to the communities was to identify the actual boundary of the land allocated to NAF, Regiment 211, ascertain contentious issues involved and seek the co operation of the host communities to allow peace and development thrive in the area.

The governor appealed to the community to ensure that the matter was withdrawn from the Courts and ordered the revocation of any land that was not in the original allocation and wrongly ceded to the Nigeria Airforce, Regiment 211.

Governor Ihedioha however advised the host communities to appreciate the role and contribution of the Nigeria Airforce through the 211 Regiment in the area, stating that they were committed to ensuring security and development to the communities.
He assured the host communities that the state government would partner them to ensure that lands not used for the purpose by the Force would be used for agricultural purposes.

The governor disclosed that the state was to provide 5000 hectares of land in partnership with Central Bank of Nigeria for agriculture, and tasked the community to key into the project by making land available.
In his remarks, the Commandant, 211 Regiment Group, Group Captain Phillip Elisha Bindul, lamented how litigations in court had hindered work on the proposed site.

He said that the Nigeria Air Frce was allocated 100 hectares of land for the construction of the 211 Regiment and as a law-abiding agency, will not exceed the boundary allocated to it.

He assured NAF's commitment to maintain harmonious relationship with the host communities.

The traditional ruler of the area, Eze Jude Chidi Nwaogu, commended Governor Ihedioha for his prompt intervention in the dispute and assured of their cooperation and support for a peaceful resolution, adding that the people were desirous of peace and development of their communities.

He blamed the Rochas Okorocha administration for the crisis, noting the the original allocation for the Air Force was 100 hectares but was inflated to 5000 hectares by the past administration.

He called for a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the host communities and the Nigeria Airforce to ensure the success of the project.

Present at the parley were, member representing Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency, Hon. Bede Eke, Secretary to the Government of Imo State, Hon. Uche Onyeagucha, Commissioners for Justice, Ndukwe Nnawuchi SAN, Land, Bon Ukachukwu; Budget and Economic Planning; Dr. Reginald Ihebuzor; Agriculture, Emma Nworgu, Chairmen of both LGs, Hon. Solomon Onwuegbulam and his counterpart Hon. Charles Abara Community and leaders, women and youths of both communities.

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