Two killed in Anambra communal clash

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Two ancient agrarian communities of Achalla and Urum in Awka North Local Government area of Anambra State are feared dead over claim of ownership of communal land in dispute.

However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, told CandyNews yesterday that only one person lost his life. CandyNews checks revealed that the said land was allegedly given to the Urum community on lease in 1920 when they started paying as possessors. It was further alleged that Urum community reneged on such terms believed to have been reached in 1988 and opted to claim ownership, allowing their youths to cultivate on the disputed land.

According to a source who pleaded anonymity, the audacity of Urum youths did not go down well with the Achalla community, who purportedly warned Urum from trespassing into the disputed land.

It was learned that the Urum community went ahead to enter the land, forcing Achalla to allegedly go on the offensive. In a reaction, it was gathered that Urum people laid ambush and allegedly succeeded in shooting one person dead while his companions were purportedly still missing.

The member representing Awka North State constituency, John Nwokoye, is currently at the centre of the storm as he is being accused of siding with his Achalla compatriots to allegedly fuel the crisis.

Presenting the matter at the last sitting of the State House of Assembly in a plenary, Nwokoye confirmed that some politicians had accused him of instigating the crisis to favour his country-home, an allegation he promptly denied.

“I have received a lot of distress calls from the members of my constituency concerning another clash between the two communities. Information reaching me as of the time of the distress calls was that about two persons have been lost by both communities.

“Everybody is now on my neck because my people see me as their own governor. They are calling me to get security men, but you know I don’t have powers to order the commissioner of police to take his men to the scene. ”

The President-General of Achalla, Mr Boniface Chigbo, reportedly named those allegedly kidnapped by Urum as Obinna Okafor and Uchenna Okeke, while those who escaped and returned home with machete cuts were Ezeoba Ejike and Chukwuma Egbeigwe. Chigbo predicated return of peace on the basis of Urum keeping to the lease treaty signed between the communities some years back.



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  • MONDAY ULEH June 30, 2020 11:40:29 PM
    Land dispute in Anambra has led to a lost of live
  • Hope Meneboo June 30, 2020 11:37:21 PM
    Thanks for your information candy news
  • Wosu Jerry June 30, 2020 11:32:39 PM
    Remember, for the first time in the history of this country when Chibuike Amaechi was governor, he shut down the courts for two years. Based on that experience, more threats and attacks are seen
  • AYOMIDE MUSTAPHA June 30, 2020 11:32:37 PM
    Why ate people killing themselves abyhiw this is the act of insecurity
  • Victor Ndubisi June 30, 2020 11:26:38 PM
    What is the crises all about just killing one another
  • Godwin Angwe June 30, 2020 11:07:54 PM
    This is wrong, the governor of the state should do something about it
  • Kolawole Ogunlana June 30, 2020 11:01:37 PM
    It good when you read true News and not rumours. This is by far the most informative and well detailed news on this case so far
  • Chukwu Cynthia June 30, 2020 10:50:32 PM
    Thanks for the update Candynews
  • Goodnews Coker June 30, 2020 10:50:03 PM
    Na wo... What are the security operative doing, please let them maintenance peace
  • Fatola Adedayo June 30, 2020 10:44:07 PM
    Land dispute is not a good thing at all. People kill themselves because of land ownership
  • Betsy Lawson June 30, 2020 10:43:02 PM
    It was learned that the Urum community went ahead to enter the land, forcing Achalla to allegedly go on the offensive. In a reaction, it was gathered that Urum people laid ambush and allegedly succeeded in shooting one person dead while his companions were purportedly still missing.
  • Paul Okorie June 30, 2020 10:28:07 PM
    May their souls rest in peace? It is well
  • Weichen Hung June 30, 2020 10:16:59 PM
    Thanks candy news for this information impressive
  • Kingsley George Orobor June 30, 2020 09:55:35 PM
    Two ancient agrarian communities of Achalla and Urum in Awka North Local Government area of Anambra State are feared dead over claim of ownership of communal land in dispute.
  • Agaziomoh Kingsley June 30, 2020 09:50:02 PM
    According to a source who pleaded anonymity, the audacity of Urum youths did not go down well with the Achalla community, who purportedly warned Urum from trespassing into the disputed land.
  • Bamgbose Kehinde olaitan June 30, 2020 09:47:27 PM
    Thanks for the news and update candynews
  • Elizabeth Ferdinand June 30, 2020 09:45:52 PM
    The state government should intervene and resolve the matter between the two communities
  • CHIDIMMA JULIET NWANKWO June 30, 2020 09:41:41 PM
    Thanks candynews for this wonderful opportunity
  • Confidence Akari June 30, 2020 09:24:51 PM
    According to a source who pleaded anonymity, the audacity of Urum youths did not go down well with the Achalla community, who purportedly warned Urum from trespassing into the disputed land.
  • Ebube Edwin June 30, 2020 09:24:06 PM
    The state government should intervene and resolve the matter between the two communities
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