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Abagana Community Petitions IGP Over Violence

Posted: Sep 26, 2016 at 7:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Community leaders in  Abagana, in  Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, have petitioned Ibrahim Idris, Inspector General of Police (IGP) to bring Prince Arthur Eze, the Chairman of Atlas Oranto Petroleum to book for allegedly unleashing violence  in the town.

The request contained in a petition dated August 29, and signed on behalf of the Abagana Welfare Union by Emma Ifeadike, the community also urged the IGP to sanction Samuel Okaula, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Area Commander Longe, as well as the Divisional officers for Njikoka and Dunukofia local government areas, whom they alleged have been heavily compromised by Prince Eze.

The community said that Okaula has since ordered the release of all of the suspects from Ukpo, Prince Eze’s town, who were arrested in the Abagana raid, which they say confirms his partisanship.

Accordingly, they  appealed to the police boss to “order COMPOL Samuel Okaula to immediately release all persons arrested in the wake of the latest round of clashes between Abagana and Ukpo youth, as the youth of Abagana are becoming restive with each passing day,” stressing, “alternatively they should be charged to court.”

They are also urging the IGP to direct the take-over of investigation into the most recent bout of violence on the Abagana-Ukpo border, asserting that the Anambra Commissioner of Police and the other mentioned officers have largely compromised their positions and can no longer be trusted to conduct an impartial investigation.

The petition faulted Okaula’s recent claim that 23 persons he recently paraded in Awka were terrorists.  On the contrary, it said, it is Mr. Eze who has been using the police to terrorize the law-abiding residents of Abagana.

The Community in the petition said the police officers, allegedly instigated by Eze, were forcibly trying to take over the ancestral land of Abagana community, and thus constituted a threat to the peace.

“The aforementioned police officers, who ought to be officers of the law have, quite regrettably became pawns on the chessboard of this moneybag whose cliché is ‘every man has a price’ and that ‘when money talks, bullshit works.’”, the petition, added.

According to the petition, the issue stems from a lingering land dispute between Abagana and Ukpo towns.

“Even though the expanse of land historically belongs to Abagana, the people of Ukpo led by Prince Aurthur Eze and his brother, the traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Robert Eze, have been laying claim to the land,  the same way they have been falsely laying claims to lands belonging to Enugwu-Agidi and Abba towns,” the Community further said in the petition.

The elders of Abagana Community in the petition,  noted that that while the High Court of Anambra State had earlier given judgment in favour of Ukpo, the Abagana community filed an appeal which is before the Court of Appeal, Enugu.

“Despite the pendency of the appeal, Prince Arthur Eze, with cover from the heavily compromised COMPOL Samuel Okaula and over 200 armed policemen and vigilante from Ukpo, moved bulldozers and allied earthmoving equipment into the disputed land,”  the community noted in the petition, adding that,   “As Abagana people watched helplessly, the machines bulldozed their homes, graves, farmlands and economic trees. To secure the captured territory, Prince Arthur Eze built a police post thereon, and with illegal police protection hurriedly began building up the place, apparently to frustrate the upcoming appeal.”

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