House, cars burnt as Aguleri, Umuleri resume hostilities over land dispute

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House, cars burnt as Aguleri, Umuleri resume hostilities over land dispute

Resumed hostilities between Aguleri and Umuleri communities in Anambra State have led to the burning of at least one house, four vehicles, and two motorcycles.

Community sources told Standard Observers that hostilities between the neighboring communities began early on Saturday when youths from both communities engaged each other in a free-for-all.

The communities have been at loggerheads with each other since 1999 over a land dispute. The State Governor, Willie Obiano hails from Aguleri.

CSP Haruna Mohammed, Public Relations Officer of the state police command told Standard Observers that men from the command intervened and brought the incident under control.

He said the command has also launched an investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the resumed hostilities.

Mohammed said while no life was lost, some persons sustained injuries.

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“On 16/1/2021 at about 7:15 am there was a report of crisis between Umueri and Aguleri Communities both in Anambra East LGA of Anambra State over a disputed area of land which both Communities were laying claim of ownership.

“One building, four vehicles, and two motorcycles were set ablaze by the warring factions.

“Following the distress, the command quickly dispatched joint Police teams comprising PMF/RRS and other Conventional Units in collaboration with other security agencies led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations DCP Salman Dogo to the scene.

“The situation was brought under control, while the joint patrol is still ongoing to restore normalcy in the affected areas.”

“The Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang has directed the State CID Awka to carry out a discreet investigation in order to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators to book.

“The CP also warned both parties to maintain peace and explore all the legal avenues to resolve their grievances without resorting to violence.

“He further assured both parties that he would contact the State Government to intervene in the matter in order to find a lasting solution to the lingering problem.”