Scores of indigenes of Umuodu village Okpuno on Tuesday protested alleged destruction of farmlands by suspected thugs from Ezinano Awka, both in Awka South Local government area of Anambra state
The protesters, comprising men, women and youths drawn from over 20 villages, also protested alleged attack and shootings of members of the community.
The people who stormed the government house, Awka, carried placards with various inscriptions including “Our farmland not for sale,”, “this is pure injustice, God is watching”, “Ezinano Awka invade our lands with thugs, bulldozers”, “Umuodu village in total danger.”
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, the village chiarman, Nweke Fabian said the community have lost several hectares of land to the community.
He said they resorted to peaceful protest as the only option as they lacked the power to fight back, appealling to governor, Willie Obiano to come to their rescue.
He said, “There is incessant sale of our lands, shooting all over the place, they’re terrorising us. That’s the reason why we’re here to let our governor know what we’re going through.
“They have intimidated us, they have humiliated us, they have pushed us to the wall. Our children have no future, no place to live, our stream has been destroyed by Ezinano.
“Ezinano community claimed the land was given them by their forefathers, but there’s judgement already on the land by African Court of Appeal since 1943.
“Since four days, they have been using gun. One of our brother, Daniel who went to his farm yesterday with his wife was beaten by the thugs.
Addressing the protesters, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu commended them for their peaceful disposition, assuring them of amicable resolution of the crises.