Except something drastic is done to douse tension, Atuma-Iga and Akwukwu-Igbo are currently poised for war over allegations of land grabbing.
The two communities in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State have not known peace for some time now following alleged land grabbing and disagreements.
The people of Akwukwu-Igbo, the headquarters of Oshimili North Local Government Area have accused the Obi of Atuma-Iga of being the brain behind the unwholesome act by mobilizing youths to destroy farm lands belonging to Akwukwu-Igbo people
The allegation was made during a protest by the people of Akwukwu-Igbo at the farmland where crops were destroyed by the invading Atuma-Iga youths.
Led by Chief Chibuzor Mokeme, community head of Akwukwu Igbo, the people alleged that HRM Obi Daniel Chukwuma Ogbudo, the Obi of Atuma-Iga, was behind the land grabbing and farm destruction in Akwukwu-Igbo, adding that Obi Ogbudo and his people used the police and military to intimidate them.
According to the protesting Akwu-kwu-Igbo people, “Atuma-Iga people wrote to deceive the police into giving them back up and coverage until the police discovered the truth and withdrew their men from the disputed lands.
“With the influence of Chief Fred Ajudua, some military personnel came into Akwukwu-Igbo land yesterday Thursday, 23 February, 2023, and they are still there to destroy economic trees and crops of inhabitants and farmers in Akwukwu-Igbo”.
They lamented that their main livelihood was being destroyed.
“The main occupation of our locals are farming and fishing so how do we survive when our produce are being destroyed?”
The disputed land in question is in Ogbe-Iyase quarter of Akwukwu-Igbo.
The protesters appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to urgently intervene and call the Obi of Atuma-Iga and Chief Fred Ajudua to order. They claimed that the Obi and his people might throw the peaceful local government area into communal crisis.
All efforts to reach HRM Obi Daniel Chukwuma Ogbudo, the Obi of Atuma-Iga through a visit to his palace and through phone calls proved abortive as calls and sms were not replied to.
However, when contacted over the matter through a telephone call, DSP Bright Edafe, police public relations officer of the State Police Command, said he was not aware of any land grabbing crisis there but promised to reach out to the divisional police officer at Akwukwu-Igbo to get to the root of the matter.
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