By Donald Arji
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has dispatched a crack team of policemen from the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad ,SARS, in Abuja to Anambra State to take the full inventory of all the properties damaged during the October 1, 2012 bloody land dispute between Umusiome village, Nkpor and their neighbouring Oramadike village, Ogidi all in Idemili North Local Government area of the state.
The crack team, led by a Deputy Superintendent of Police, arrived the disputed land yesterday, in company of some policemen from Ogidi Division and went round the vast area during which they took the names of all those whose houses were either burnt or demolished by unknown gunmen suspected to be working for the opposition group.
Conducting them round the war-torn land, a community leader and Chairman of Abor Akuzor kindred of Umusiome village, Nkpor, Chief Okechukwu Nwaforagu said that after shooting and killing two police men and a woman on the fateful day, the gunmen allegedly ignited some explosives to demolish his own five-star hotel which was at a roofing stage.
Nwaforagu further took the police team to other houses which were suspected to have been equally damaged by the gunmen. The police team also went to Crown Hospital, Nkpor-Uno to confirm that the corpse of one Mrs. Ogechukwu Uga who was allegedly shot dead by the gunmen, was still lying at the hospital mortuary.
At the hospital, the Medical Director, Dr. Emegoakor who confirmed that Mrs. Uga’s remains was still lying at the mortuary told the bereaved husband, Monday and the police team to arrange for a post-mortem examination of the body before the corpse could be released for burial.
The two slain policemen were said to be on patrol in the disputed Abor Akuzor kindred land when gunmen invaded the area and shot them dead. The killing of the policemen came on the heels of a similar killing of a middle-aged woman, Mrs Ogechukwu Uga, the previous week by the same gunmen who attacked the same village and destroyed a five-star hotel still under construction, belonging to Chief Nwaforagu and other buildings in the area.
According to sourcees, the hoodlums were alleged to have used explosives suspected to be dynamite to destroy the five-star hotel and several other completed and uncompleted buildings in the land. The Abor Akuzor kindred has been enmeshed in a fatal land dispute with their neighbouring Oramadike villag,e Ogidi, in the recent times, leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties which resulted in constant police and military patrol in the area.
Monday morning attack of Abor Akuzor was the third of its kind since May this year, and in all, the hotel which is at the roofing stage was pulled down alongside other properties like generator, bundles of zinc, water tanks, bore-hole and building materials. These ugly developments prompted the IGP to dispatch the team of investigators to come down to the disputed land for an on-the-spot assessment of the extent of damages done the the area.