As part of efforts to restore peace and achieve reconciliation among feuding groups in Uteh Okoko community, the Community Development Committee (CDA) has been banned from carrying out any duty(s) on behalf of the area.
Also, the group of Bush Inspectors in the community has been dissolved to pave way for the constitution of another in its place soonest.
These were the pronouncements of the Enogie of Uteh Ekoko Community, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, HRH Ogieayevbona Igbinenikao when he addressed elders, leaders and youths of his domain following the crises rocking the hitherto peaceful community stirred by the activities of illegal land speculators.
Speaking further, the Enogie directed that all community property(s) in the hands of the banned CDA, including ID cards, complimentary cards and certificates, minute’s books etc should be handed over to Mr. Douglas Izevbizua, the community chairman who should hand same over to the senior Odionwere of Uteh Ekoko main land. He advised members of the public not to do business with members of the banned CDA.
The Enogie’s action followed the crisis of confidence among the CDA members who he accused of abandoning their duties and responsibility of community development to fomenting trouble through sale of unapproved parcels of land.
He used the forum to reaffirm his confidence in the community chairman Mr. Douglas Izevbizua who hitherto doubled as chairman of the CDA; just as he declared “cancelled” the announcements in the media purporting to have suspended him (Izevbizua) from office.
He announced the constitution of a land verification committee whose duty(s) is to find out how many plots of land were sold without approval.
He advised any one who sold land that does not belong to him to confess and beg for mercy instead of trying to cause trouble; insisting that anyone found disturbing the verification committee would be dealt with according to the dictates of the law.
The Enogie who promised to facilitate the withdrawal of all pending cases involving members of the community at the various police formations in the state did not conclude his briefing without a hard word for some elders of the community who he blamed for instigating crises among the youths and ranks of the now banned CDA for peculiarly gains.