The top body of Isoko nation, Isoko Development Union (IDU), has brokered peace between the two waring communities of Igbide and Emede in Isoko South local government area, Delta State through its President General, High Chief Iduh Amadhe, the Peace Committee and clans President Generals.
The meeting which was held at the national secretariat of IDU at Oleh, headquarters of Isoko South local government area agreed on six (6) point resolution to end the land dispute that led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties in Emede.
While presenting a communique reached at the end of the meeting to newsmen, the Secretary of Isoko Development Union (IDU), Dr. Akpotu, stated that the re-enforcement position by both communities to remove every road block take immediate effect.
He said that both communities have agreed to henceforth completely cease fire and ensure calmness in all ramifications, adding that, both communities should refrain from any form of payback attack.
The communique also stated that the citizens of both communities must not exhibit any weapons, and that any persons found with weapon will be fined heavily by the leaders of that community.
It maintained that “all farming and fishing activities within and around the disputed area should be suspended henceforth, pending final resolution and review of the land by the committee”.
Both communities involved agreed to have a permanent boundary that will be established and marked out for generations, adding that a joint peace committee of both communities of Igbide, Emede, IDU and the Isoko South local government council are to resolve all issues relating to the disputed land.
While stressing on the need for peaceful co-existence between the people of Igbide and Emede, High Chief Uduh Amadhe said, “I am the peace maker, whether as IDU President or not, I will continue to be peace maker in this process because I don’t want crisis in both communities.
He warned against utterances that can instigate violence and urged the people to desist from insulting statements, saying that leaders of both communities should advise their subjects to remain peaceful.
Amadhe commended Emede community leaders for their peaceful disposition and appealed for continuous understanding and truth in the community.