Anambra community protests encroachment on ancestral land

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ANAMBRA, Awka

A community in Anambra State has embarked on a peaceful protest over what they described as encroachment on their ancestral land by their oppressors.

The protesters under the aegis of Enugwu-Agidi Brotherly Union, a town under Njikoka Local Government Area of the state, said the protest was against the invasion of their land by some individuals, who allegedly issued warnings to them to desist from claiming ownership of an already inherited territory.

THE DAILY VENDOR learnt that the protesters who were from a neigbouring community had earlier sent strong warning to the encroachers from further trespassing on their land.

It was also learnt that the said land is located at Trans-Obibia Layout, close to Dumo farms behind Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Mbanano village Enugwu-agidi.

It was gathered that perimeter fences
have already been built by the alleged trespassers.

Briefing newsmen after the protest, The President General of the Community, Sir Ndubuisi Obijiofor, said the Community has secured two Court Judgement both in 1954 and 2013, adding that the 2013 Judgement
was delivered by the current Chief Judge of Anambra State, with a perpetual injunction against their aggressor, who was the plaintiff.

He stressed that Enugwu-Agidi community is peace loving and therefore appealed to the state government and other relevant authorities to wade into the matter to resolve it amicably to avoid degenerating into communal conflict.

The President General informed and advised those who have given money to the encroachers in the hope of buying the land, to collect back their money and urge those already building some structures on the land to vacate with immediate effect.

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Ndubuisi further revealed that the community vigilante group were last month attacked by miscreants on the same place and made it clear that Ndi Enugwu-agidi are holding tight the court judgement and must always exercise right over the said property.

He regretted that the alleged trespassers have taken the advantage of the lockdown to wade in and sell the lands.

In his reaction, an indigene of the Mbanano village Enugwu-Agidi, Mr. Peter Onuekwusi, bemoaned the illegal encroachment of their property and called for urgent government intervention.

Meanwhile, the protesters were seen carrying placards with inscriptions like “Criminal Invasion on Enugwu-Agidi land” “Inspector General of Police please intervene” Our People are always harassed with Armed Militias”. They
expressed their grievances and called on relevant authorities to come to their rescue so that the activities of the community can be brought to normalcy.

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