By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—BAYELSA State Government has set up a 22- man committee to investigate the lingering land dispute between Odioma community in Brass Local Government Area and Nembe-Bassambiri in Nembe Local Government Area, with a warning to the warring communities to shun bloodletting and embrace peace.
The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Admiral John-Jonah (retd.), who is also the state chairman of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee, while setting up the committee in Yenagoa, weekend, said the move was to avert violence and bloodshed among the indigenes of the disputing communities.
The committee, which is headed by the Governor’s Special Representative to Ogbia Local Council, Chief Olalibo Osain-Ibokolo with Sir Alama Happy Theophilus as secretary has 30 days to submit its report. It is charged with the responsibility of identifying the immediate and remote causes of the boundary dispute between Odioma in Brass and Nembe-Bassanbiri in Nembe over the ownership of Obioku community.
The committee will also “determine the correct placement of satellite communities for the purpose of appropriate categorization for the ongoing Enumeration Area Demarcation Exercise (EAD) and the extent of loss of life and or damage to property if any, in the course of the dispute.”
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