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Red Cross intervenes in Anambra-Kogi crisis

09 May 2013, 09:27

Awka- The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRC) says it has waded into the raging war between Ibaji community of Kogi and Aguleri community of Anambra to prevent further lost of lives.

The Chairman of the society in Anambra and former Chief Judge of the state, Justice Paul Obidigwe, disclosed this to newsmen in Awka at a press briefing to mark this year's World Red Cross Day.

Obidigwe, who lamented that many lives and property had already been lost in the needless battle, said that the  organisation had contacted its counterpart in Kogi, urging for collaboration to stop the war.

``Red Cross has established contact with our Kogi counterpart to ensure that the war over land dispute is resolved.

``We have asked our counterpart in Kogi to consult with the leadership of Ibaji community, while we consult with the Anambra community involved with a view to stopping the crisis.

``In conflict resolution, you will recall that it was the assistance of the International Federation of Red Cross under the alternative to violence that successfully resolved the Umueri, Umoba-Anam and Aguleri communal conflict in 1999.

``The organisation also provided relief materials and also organised unification festival,” Obidigwe said.

He expressed confidence that just like its previous conflict resolution feat, the crisis in the area would be resolved.

The chairman said that this year’s theme ``150 Years of Humanitarian Action”, was set aside for appraisal, evaluation and strategic account of universal stewardship.

Other goals included dynamic approach to consolidate the ideals and cardinal principles of the latent society covering more than 187 member nations.

He thanked various donor agencies overseas, in Nigeria and around the state who have come to their aid with relief materials for troubled areas.

The chairman also unveiled a female friendly kit meant for family planning, which was recently donated to the group by the United Nations Population Funds (UNPF).

``We will move in and distribute these kits to women in rural areas around Anambra.

``We will at all times ensure that we respond to disaster areas in Anambra, especially with the donations we get,” the chairman said.



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