From Maurice Okafor.
The Secretary, Mr Ukah Chukwuma while corroborating the ADU chairman’s statement added that there were instances of snatching of motorcycles, harassment and seizure of commodities of Amaeze community members by alleged thugs and miscreants from Uru Lokpanta community.
“From these documents and more that support Amaeze-Ishiagu’s sole ownership of the land hosting the quarry site, we are surprised by the claim of certain individuals in Uru-Lokpanta community to the quarry. The only reasonable explanation we can conjecture is the handiwork of fifth-columnists sponsored by a renegade faction of the leadership of Uru-Lokpanta community who are bent to cause crisis with a view to benefitting therefrom.
“Uru-Lokpanta community was never at any time, the landlord or lessor to Setraco Nig. Ltd which operated the quarry site for a period of over 2 decades. It is true that Amaeze-Ishiagu community being the undisputed owner and landlord of the quarry site, executed a leasehold agreement with Setraco Nig. Ltd.
“It is interesting to note that it is the same quarry operated by Setraco Nig. Ltd that Yiter Quarry Nig. Ltd, now operates also as a rent-paying tenant to Amaeze-Ishiagu community.
“It is in this light that the crisis being fermented by misguided elements, renegades and revisionists masquerading as youths of Uru-Lokpanta community is nothing short of mischief by economic buccaneers, seeking to reap from crises.
Since the month of November 2017 till date, the campaign of terror by these individuals from Uru-Lokpanta against our people has been sustained. There have been reported cases of threats by gun wielding youths against Amaeze-Ishiagu farmers, who after harassing and driving the farmers away from their farmlands, unlawfully confiscate harvested farm produce. These same Uru-Lokpanta bandits also engaged in snatching motorcycles of indigents of Amaeze community.
ADU stressed it desire burning desire for urgent intervention by the authorities concerned expressing fears that the situation if unchecked now, might get out of control.
“Gentlemen of the press, we want to finally call on President Mohammadu Buhari, the Minister of Solid Minerals, Mines and Steel Development, the National Boundary Commission, and other relevant stakeholders to intervene by sounding a definite note of warning to Uru-Lokpanta to desist from this criminal adventurism which can sabotage and compromise the economy of the nation”.However, a group from Uru -Lokpanta community operating under the aegis of ‘Uru Improvement Union’ has also accused the people of Amaeze Ishiagu community in Ivoh local government area of Ebonyi state, as the ones stirring crisis in the area,while also laying claims as the authentic owners of the quarry site.The Secretary General,Uru Improvement Union,Mr Chukwudi Ikwu, was quoted in one of the national dailies of accusing Amaeze Ishiagu community to have truncated the embargo placed on the sale of granite from the still controversial quarry.
They made claims that the murder of the late Ikedichukwu Christian Egwu allegedly by a soldier on security mission at the troubled area was gingered by people from Amaeze Community.The Uru -Lokpanta people are also hoping on the intervention of the higher authorities in the ownership squabble of the quarry site.”