Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has launched a N150million rehabilitation fund project for the victims of the communal war in Mbo Local Government Area of the State.
The people of Uko Enwang and Ukonteghe in Mbo LGA have been enmeshed in a communal crisis over land and many lives have been lost while properties destroyed.
The Governor, during the launch over the weekend held at the Enwang Community Primary School, vowed that all perpetrators of the crisis will be brought to justice even as he would ensure that such a crisis would not happen again.
The Governor, who was represented by his Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Okpolupum Etteh, appreciated the people for embracing peace adding that the huge investment in the area would not have been possible without the peaceful disposition of the people.
“Let me thank the people for keeping peace during this trying period and let me assure you all that this administration will ensure that what happened in the past will not repeat itself. The perpetrators of this violence will be brought to justice.
“Let us allow security personnel to do their job. We need peace to reign in our communities because of the huge investment, there is no way these investments will thrive in an atmosphere of violence,” Emmanuel said.
In his remarks, Maj. Gen. Isidore Edet (retd), who delivered a speech on behalf of the community, said posterity will judge the community right for upholding the tenets of peace in the face of the unprovoked attacks, while expressing the hope that the world will one day accord the community the “Nobel Peace Prize”
He said the community’s belief in the rule of law informed its decision to seek court adjudication on the disputed land adding that the community will continue to trust and have faith in the promise by the governor to bring all perpetrators of the violence to book.
“As a peace loving community which also believes in the rule of law, and which informed our decision to seek court adjudication at different times on the disputed parcel of land, we trust and have faith in the promise of the Governor that those who caused the destruction and killings and maiming of Enwang people will be brought to justice. Arguably, meaningful peace will elude our two communities without justice not only done but clearly seen to be done” he said.
Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Otu Toyo, said the community would wait to see that the perpetrators of the violence are brought to justice.