3 die as Anam­bra land tus­sle es­ca­lates

Daily Trust - - NEWS -

At least three per­sons were feared dead in a com­mu­nal clash be­tween two war­ring com­mu­ni­ties in Anam­bra State over a piece of land that has been in dis­pute for 110 years.

In fresh con­tentions over the land, the com­mu­ni­ties, Nk­welle Ezu­naka and Osile Vil­lage in Og­bunike, Oyi lo­cal govern­ment area, have been en­gaged in bloody bat­tle since last week.

Daily Trust gath­ered that apart from the three de­ceased, said to be in­di­genes of Nk­welle Ezu­naka com­mu­nity, sev­eral per­sons were in­jured as a re­sult of the clashes.

Sources said the lat­est con­fronta­tions be­gan fol­low­ing the quest by one of the feud­ing com­mu­ni­ties, Osile, to sur­vey the dis­puted land, ap­par­ently to make it ready for use.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists dur­ing a visit to the area, the im­me­di­ate past Pres­i­dent of Nk­welle Ezu­naka Com­mu­nity and the Chair­man of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anam­bra State chap­ter, El­der Chris Elue­muno, af­firmed that the fra­cas be­tween both com­mu­ni­ties had re­mained a re­cur­ring one. He said both com­mu­ni­ties had re­mained at log­ger­heads for a long time as a re­sult of the dis­pute be­cause of the re­fusal of one of the par­ties to abide by an old court judg­ment on the land.

Daily Trust pieced in­for­ma­tion to­gether to the ef­fect that the land dis­pute dates as far back as 1906 when an Onit­sha cus­tom­ary court en­tered a judg­ment in favour of Nk­welle Ezu­naka, stat­ing that Nk­isi River was the bound­ary be­tween Og­bunike and Nk­welle Ezu­naka.

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