The rescheduled peace talks between the warring communities of Oruku and Umuode in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, Tuesday, suffered a setback as the meeting was shelved at the instance of Umuode people who complained of lack of security.
The community, Vanguard learnt, expressed fears that Amagunze, the council headquarters, venue of the meeting, was not safe enough to hold such talks and suggested that another venue be chosen either in Emene or Enugu.
The absence of the former Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji, who is said to have travelled out of the country, finally scuttled the meeting as the Umuodes said the dialogue must wait until he returned to the country, as he will speak for his community.
Chairman of the local government and convener of the meeting, Mr. Sam Iyiogwe, said the parties had expressed fears that they might be attacked on the way to the meeting but the council assured them that adequate security arrangements had been made to escort them from the point of departure to the meeting venue, but in spite of the assurance, “I got a call from Umuode, Monday night, saying they will not attend.”
“The Umuode requested that the meeting should be rescheduled at a place in Emene or Enugu for security reason and we have to oblige them. The meeting will be rescheduled,” he said.
Asked if the parties are willing to embrace the fresh peace overtures since the meetings had been frustrated several times, Iyiogwe said: “I have a conviction that everyone in Oruku and Umuode is tired of fighting, I can feel it and I can see it, but possibly there may be some ego working and powers are influencing men negatively but we will overcome it.