The traditional ruler of Enugwu-Agidi community in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Michael Okekeuche has called for calm as tensions continues to rise over land grabbing activities of some individuals in the community.
In a statement, Igwe Okekeuche told members of the community that the state government and security agencies had already being briefed on the current situation, assuring that those who had taken laws into their hands in order to throw the peaceful town into crisis as an opportunity to hijack people’s lands would not succeed.
“We need to mobilize all available resources to develop a shared, strategic approach to a life of dignity for all, no single sector, no individual, no organ in our town, can alone deal with the complex problems and challenges we face in our community today but rather all hands must be on deck.
“Conflicts arise for one simple reason of putting personal interest, aspiration and needs beyond the interest and needs of others. There seems to be a competition in brutality of which we have seen horrific examples in the last few weeks.
“The aim of the actors is, in my own view, is to incite fear in our community and divisions among people in order to carry on in their illicit grabbing and selling of lands unhindered.
Also the leadership of E.B.U led by Nzekwesi Ndubuisi Obijiofor in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Okoye urged the people to stand up and be counted among those who are determined to fight against disunity in the community.
He called for sensitization of the youths to shun restiveness and embrace peace as the matter has been officially reported to the appropriate authorities.
The leadership admonished people to desist from taking laws into their own hands noting that “the current leadership is focussing on the benefit of a non-violent uprising, which is the cornerstone of our belief.
“Unequivocally, no crime committed against the land will go unpunished, as a wide consultation on the possibility of summoning for an emergency stakeholder’s meeting to further deepen our efforts in restoring peace and normalcy in our community.
Sources within the community revealed that trouble started when a group from the community decided to subvert the laid down rules by the community on the sale of lands.
The group led by Mr Izuchukwu Okekeonyeocha and Chidi Okoye decided to discard the rules and guidelines of the community and continued the sale of lands, an action which ran foul of the laws of the community.
It was also learnt that when the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Mike Okekeuche intervened alongside the President General of the community, Hon. Ndubusi Obijiofor, the group of land sellers protested and threatened to violently deal with them.
Another indigene who didn’t want to be mentioned for fear of retribution explained that the traditional ruler and caretaker chairman of the town union had put in place processes for any land sales because of many cases of illegal sales of individual and community lands but a group of individuals opposed it.
According to him, “these chaps mobilized some disgruntled youths in the town and started attacking all perceived opponents. Even the Caretaker Chairman was waylaid and beaten up in the presence of Army personnel that he brought in to quell the ugly situation. Now they claimed that they have installed a new PG and Igwe.