By: Amara Agwuekwe
Armed men numbering about 30 and believed to be thugs weekend demolished seven houses, up- rooted demarcation beacons, sacked the landlords and injured three of them at City Gate community, Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra state.
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The incident which took the landlords unaware happened about morning
when some landlords were busy working in their new found land, procured from the owners, (City gate company ) in 2014.
Reacting to the attack, one of the landlord victims, Comrade Damian Ogudike said, ” we bought the plots from the City Gate owners in 2014 and commenced building of our houses, perimeter fencing and others
since then without any trouble until last weekend when armed men numbering about 30 stormed the place and caused these great damages to our property.
“You can see that about seven bungalows have been demolished by the invading thugs, the demarcation beacons uprooted and perimeter fences also demolished.
“When they came we ran for our dear lives and their intention was to kill atleast one of us so that we will not near the land again.
“We have lodged the matter at ’33’ Police station and the police came to the scene and collected the working tools of the invaders which are now with them” he revealed.
“They told us that the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, incharge of the Station, Mr Indynar Apev was not on seat when we asked of him.
We urge the state police Commissioner, Mr Sam Okaula to investigate this matter as we learnt that one of us, a land grabber in our midst, sent the armed men and replotted the land for sale for monetary gain.
“Consequently, we sent two of us to him to know the offence we committed that caused this action and he told them that we better abandon the land or we will be killed on the process”, he said.
As the response did not go down well with the landlords most of who are retirees, they met with the Nkwelle- Ezunaka community and City Gate who advised them to take legal action.
Contacted on phone the DPO said he was not aware of the incident.