One Killed, Three Injured In Achebe's Community Over Land argument

At least one person was confirmed dead while three others escaped death with varying degrees of injury in the community of Ikenga Ogidi, home of the late Prof
 Chinua Achebe, during a clash with the Umusiome community in his neighbors Nkpor.

Both communities in the local government area of ​​Idemili North of Anambra State have had a multi-year battle, despite a Supreme Court ruling and the efforts of
the Anambra State government.

The Daily Post came together to say that the clash, which took place on Saturday, cost the lives of a 70-year-old man, Elder Anthony Okongwu, while three others
who were injured were still being treated at an undisclosed hospital in the area.

Hon Amaechi Ekume, general president of the Ikenga Ogidi community, who spoke with our correspondent in the confrontation, said that he and some elders of the
 community had gone to the disputed land to inspect it, as the people of Umusiome Nkpor challenged a judgment of the Supreme Court. in 1997 to continue to develop
 the land.

"We went there with nothing in mind, but we were surprised when, suddenly, Umusiome people attacked us and started firing. In the process, we lost one of our seniors
 and three others were injured.

"It was not a fight between our community and theirs because we did not go there with any intention. At least the age of the people with whom we were and the man who
 was killed will tell you that we were not there for trouble, but to inspect the earth, "he said.

He regretted that the police could not save his people, although he knew very well that Umusiome people were invading the land without resorting to a Supreme Court
 decision and the state government's effort to resolve the dispute.

He urged the state government to quickly address the issue to avoid further incidents of law and order breaking, as the Ikenga Ogidi community would not tolerate
further attacks on its indigenous people.

Meanwhile, President Umusiome Village Nkpor, Mr. Pius Obiogbolu in his reaction acknowledged that the two communities have been in land dispute for many years.
However, he did not react to allegations that members of his community attacked his neighbors Ikenga Ogidi.

He stated: "We are not in anyway challenging the Supreme Court's judgment, but what we are challenging is the bulletin of the Anambra state government that was inaccurately done.
We want it revoked. We also want the state government to implement the recommendations made by those they invited to investigate the land dispute. "

Anambra State Police Command spokesman Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident, saying that the commander initiated an investigation into the matter and also kept
a watch over the area to prevent more law and order collapse.

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