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Feuding communities to forfeit land in C’River

land-wikimediaHENCEFORTH, any communities involved in land disputes in Cross River State are to forfeit the property to the state government.

The Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu who disclosed this in Calabar at a meeting with chiefs, clan heads and leaders of thought from Bahumono clan in Abi Local Council, said the decision was part of measures to stem strife, citing the age-long land dispute between Usumutong and Ediba communities in Bahumono Clan.

He said no responsible government would fold its arms and tolerate lawlessness, adding that the Governor Benedict Ayade administration was in a hurry to eradicate poverty and fast-track development in the state.

Esu warned against distraction by anyone or group and subsequently directed the office of the Surveyor General to acquire land in dispute for beneficial projects.

He also warned all parties in the crisis to sheathe their sword forthwith or face the full wrath of the law, stressing that government will not condone further act of lawlessness from either community.

The deputy governor said the Bahumono people are peaceful and should not be the ones to distract government from its “galloping strides in developing the state.”



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