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Friday, 17 January 2020

Policeman allegedly kills Abia Youth leader over land

The lad dispute among indigenes of Ugwuati community and Enyimba Economic City Land Acquisition Committee in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State has led to the death of a man. The policeman deployed to the committee had allegedly shot Mr Nwamaka, a youth leader who died on the spot.

Policeman allegedly kills Abia Youth leader over land

SephoraNews learnt that the conflict happened during a meeting between the Acquisition Committee and indigenes of the community to settle the procurement of the land for the highly anticipated Enyimba Economic City (EEC) on Wednesday, January 15. 

Three other people are currently battling for their lives after sustaining gunshot injuries from the incident after the community's youths led by Ogbuji insisted that they won't give away their lands as farming is the main source of livelihood.

An eyewitness told News reporters; 
“The youth were unarmed. They gathered at the town’s hall to listen to the committee members. The youth explained to the delegation that they were not prepared to mortgage their lives for a project they didn’t understand. It was when the arguments started that the policemen that came with the government delegation started shooting indiscriminately. Our people are not stupid. They didn’t fight anybody. They only refused to give out their land to people they didn’t trust.
“Go to Obuaku city, you’ll see how land was acquired there some years back. Now, they have come with this story of Enyimba Economic City, which we don’t believe is a serious thing. The people are even afraid they might use our land for RUGA. You can’t just take away people’s land without their approval.”

Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon who verified the incident accused youths of the community of trying to steal the guns of its men deployed with the team. 

He said; 
"Last week, the state government wrote and asked us to bring some security to accompany Enyimba Economic City Committee members to attend the meeting. The policemen were sent as requested by the state government. If the community had a problem, they should have sorted it out among themselves. But my information is that the community people disagreed. In the process, the youth trooped out in large numbers, attacked the policemen and abducted members of the committee.
“They attacked the policemen and some of them attempted to snatch rifles from the policemen. As they were struggling, a rifle fired. The bullet strayed and killed one of them, while the other two people were injured.  When I was told, I had to send re-enforcement to rescue three members of the committee that were abducted. That is the extent the youth in the place can be lawless. If you have problem over land with the government, you don’t need to attack people. You take it to the government, not to attack the police or the people sent to do whatever the government asked them to do. They (youths) were armed with machetes.”

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