The Enugu State Government Tuesday inaugurated a 7-man Commission of Inquiry to investigate the recent killings
and destruction of properties occasioned by a land dispute between
Umabor community, Ehalumona and Ogbozalla community, Opi, all in
Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The commission was inaugurated by
the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, at Government
The deputy governor observed shortly after the formal inauguration of
the members that the decision by the governor, Rt. Hon Ifeanyi
Ugwuanyi, to set up the committee was necessitated by the need to find
a permanent solution to the problem and ensure peace between the
She noted that the commission’s terms of reference include
“investigating and ascertaining the remote and immediate cause(s)” of
the dispute between the two communities, as well as ascertain the
number of persons killed or injured and the properties destroyed.
The commission, she said, “is also expected to identify the persons,
groups or institutions directly or indirectly involved or that
sponsored the dispute with a view to making recommendations on how to
prevent similar dispute in future or any other recommendations it may
consider appropriate in view of its findings”.
The deputy governor thanked the members for accepting to serve and
noted that she was convinced they would deploy their experience and
integrity and competences in the discharge of the task satisfactorily.
She also urged members of the two communities as well as relevant
agencies and the public to accord the commission all necessary support
towards achieving its mandate.
The chairman of the Commission, Justice Kingsley Udeh (Rtd), in a
response made on behalf of the other members expressed their gratitude
for the opportunity to serve the state, noting that they were
committed to the task of achieving the best results in the shortest
Briefing journalists shortly after the inauguration, the state
Commissioner for Information, Dr. Godwin Udeughele, said that the
event was in line with Governor Ugwuanyi’s commitment to maintain and
promote peace across communities in the state.
He was optimistic that following the intervention by the governor
members of the two communities would soon reconcile their differences
and continue to exist as brothers and sisters.
Other members of the commission include Prof. Onyema Ocheoha (mni);
Sir Albert Ikechukwu Nnamani; Arch. Innocent Maduka Agbo; Innocent
Nnamdi Eze Esq; Mrs Chinyere Oluka, the secretary and Solomon Ejim
Esq., the counsel to the commission.