Army inaugurates committee to resolve land disputes with civilians

Posted by News Express | 24 June 2021 | 582 times

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By OLADAPO UDOM

The 81 Division of Nigerian Army on Wednesday inaugurated a six-man committee to resolve land disputes between military personnel and members of their host communities.  

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the division, Maj.-Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu, said that the inauguration was by the guidance of the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya.

Fejokwu said that the division had been receiving series of complaints regarding disputes between personnel of the Nigerian Army and their host community members.

According to him, the disputes sometimes turn violent.

“We are taking another step forward and toward solving the problem of land dispute in 81 Division area of responsibility as it affects our personnel both serving and retired.

“We have been inundated with complaints on various occasions from both sides,” he said.

The GOC said that soldiers complained that communities revoked lands bought by them which appreciated overtime, and re-allocated them other lands not of equal value.

“This problem has persisted, and the COAS has charged that whenever we identify a problem in our area of responsibility, we must continue to interrogate and proffer solution.

“The idea behind this committee is that anybody with land complaint within 81 Div. area must have to go through the committee to solve the case.

“They will tender their papers to the committee and, if there is a case, the committee will go as a representative of the division to resolve such a land dispute in an amicable manner,” he said.

Fejokwu said that the approach would solve the problem of communities revoking land that had been sold to personnel and stop soldiers from taking laws into their hands.

“We are presenting a common front toward solving the problem of land issues as they concern the personnel of the Nigerian Army and our host communities.

“We hope that this approach will, once and for all, solve the issue of land dispute between personnel of Nigerian Army and our host communities,” the GOC said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Standing Land Committee members include Brig.-Gen. Nasiru Nagidada,  Chairman; Captain Nurudeen Maigari, Secretary, and Col. Afam Chukwuma, member.

Other members are Maj. Abdulazeez Jimoh, Lt. Yusuf Matthew and Lt. Aliyu Alakan. (NAN)

•PHOTO: R-L; GOC, 81 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu, Brig.-Gen. Nasiru Nagidada and Col. Afam Chukwuma at the inauguration of the divison’s Standing Land Committee


Source: News Express

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