Charles Chukwuma Nwoba PhD
Department of Political Science
Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.
The study is set out to unearth the inadequacies of traditional mechanisms to resolve the upsurge of land disputes which promote violent, indifferences, loss of human and material resources etc. in Ikwo. The study interrogates why traditional mechanisms exist in various communities, and there are astronomical increase in land disputes. Data for the study was collected from primary and secondary sources. The study used the following methods of data collection questionnaires and observation from primary sources. As such, data collected from secondary sources such as published materials, documentaries and internet etc. were also used for the study. The frustration aggression theory was adopted. Qualitative and quantitative methods of data analysis were applied with descriptive and inferential statistics. The results were represented in tables, percentages and bar charts. The study discovered that there is a strong nexus between failure of traditional mechanisms and upsurge of land dispute in Ikwo. It as well unveiled the inadequacies of traditional mechanisms in the area. The study recommended among other things that the government should constitute judicial of inquiry to try offenders that disobeyed verdicts of peace committee find to be unbiased by the people of the community. The elders need to be trained to acquaint them with the new trends of modernization. There is need to establish archives for documentaries of community land histories and allow youths and women to actively participate in decision making on land issues.