Mayhem looms in Anambra over land dispute

Posted by News Express | 16 February 2021 | 345 times

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The Ezi-Nkwelle kinsmen of Nkwelle Ezunaka community in Oyi Council, Anambra State, have appealed to Governor Willie Obiano and the State Boundary Committee, headed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, to resolve the land dispute between them and the people of Osile Ogbunike before it leads to bloodshed.

Addressing newsmen in his hometown yesterday, Chairman of Ezi-Nkwelle village, Chief Wilfred Okafor, accompanied by the counsel, Emeka Asiegbu, told Obiano and his deputy that if they fail to resolve the matter urgently, it would be assumed that the state government wanted the crisis to lead to breakdown of law and order.

Okafor alleged that last Thursday, when his people got information that the portion of the disputed land given to them by Anambra State Boundary Committee had been sold and they decided to go and eject the Illegal occupants, they were threatened by armed policemen, allegedly working for the occupants and people who allotted the area to them.

He said: “We have obeyed the state government, done all that is required for peace to reign between us and Osile Ogbunike, including payment of N1,885,000 the state boundary committee asked us to pay for the installation of demarcation and monuments at the disputed land, yet the state seems to be foot-dragging in carrying out the assignment.”

But the police said they did not stop anybody from executing court orders, saying security personnel went to ensure peace. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr. Haruna Mohammed, alleged that hoodlums blocked the road and smashed windscreens of motorists in the area.

“The timely intervention of police calmed the situation, leading to restoration of normalcy and free flow of traffic,” Mohammed added. (The Guardian)


Source: News Express

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