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Anambra Monarch, Indigenes Bicker Over Land

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Some members of the Enugwu Agidi community in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State are at loggerheads with their monarch, Igwe Izuchukwu  Onyeocha, over ownership and possession of some parcels of land in the community.

The aggrieved community members, led by the community’s President-General, Mr. Victor  Mgbajiaka, accused the monarch of masterminding various attacks carried out by suspected land grabbers.

Mgbajiaka, while speaking to journalists during a press conference in Awka, on Friday, claimed that so far, 12 persons have been injured and two women were allegedly raped by thugs used by the suspected land grabbers.

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He claimed that over 1,000 plots of the community land had been forcefully taken while many farmlands were destroyed by the land grabbers.

Mgbajiaka said, ‘We are calling on Governor Chukwuma Soludo to save us from the activities of these land grabbers who have taken over about 1,000 plots of the community land by force and destroying farm land and crops of our people.

‘They are parading thugs who have been attacking our people and as of now about 12 persons have been injured and we learnt that two women were raped by those thugs.’

One of the aggrieved members, Madam Evelyn Okeke-Nta, 65, said, ‘I went to my farm one day and discovered that all my crops had been destroyed and when I confronted the thugs who came with a bulldozer, they attacked me and warned me that if I disturb their clearing of the land, the bulldozer would run me down.’

But in a swift reaction, Igwe Onyeocha, when contacted, dismissed all the allegations against him, saying he had no hand in any land-grabbing activities as claimed by the aggrieved members of the community.

He added that the plots of land he acquired were officially bought by him with relevant documents to back them up, challenging the aggrieved members to come up with evidence that he forcefully took over their land.

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