Abia state government has warned communities in the state that are engaged in land squabbles with one another that the government will take over such lands in the interest of peace.
The state governor, Chief Theodore Orji gave the warning at the government house Umuahia when he received in audience the Afarata-Ibeku people who paid him a solidarity visit.
He noted that land disputes were a major problem in parts of the state maintaining that the only way to stem the incidence was for government to take over the disputed lands.
Chief Orji regretted that most communities in the state were unwilling to donate their land to the government for development purposes and sometimes attack contractors who engage in construction work in their areas and urged such communities to refrain from such acts.
According to him, his administration was working towards paying compensation to communities that donated land for development purposes but were being owed by the government and used the forum to warn those encroaching on the government land at Gariki Park in Umuahia to steer clear or face the wrath of the government.
He stated that he has not done enough for Afarata people as their son and assured them that greater attention will be paid to them in due course.
The Abia state chief executive appealed to Afarata-Ibeku people to support his administration and cooperate with it towards the development of the state while requesting them to donate their land when called upon to do so.
Earlier in his speech on behalf of Afarata-Ibeku Development Union, the transition committee chairman of Umuahia North LGA, chief Johnson Onuigbo said their visit was to congratulate the governor on his election victory and to thank him for his laudable achievements in the state and commended him on the calibre of people he appointed to work with him in his cabinet.
Highlight of the ceremony was the traditional Imanzu ceremony on the governor by traditional rulers and elders of Afarata-Ibeku people.