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LAND TUSSLE: Police arrest ex-Anambra lawmaker

By Vincent Ujumadu

Awka—THE ongoing land dispute between Abagana in Njikoka and Ukpo in Dunukofia local government areas of Anambra State has taken another dimension with the arrest of a former member of the state House of Assembly, Chief George Okoye.

Okoye, an architect, is from Abagana, the community which the police accused of being the mastermind of the destruction of police property, including burning of two patrol vans and torching of five houses.

One Emmanuel Okafor, a security guard, was also killed during the attack, while four policemen, including the DPO for Ukpo, sustained injuries.

Twenty three persons from Abagana arrested by the police after the incident had been charged to court over the matter.

Abagana people recently petitioned the Inspector General of Police, IGP, alleging that the police was indiscriminately arresting innocent people in the community.

It was not clear yesterday the role played by the former lawmaker in the attack of the police post, though a source in the community described him as one of the outspoken persons in Abagana, who would never succumb to intimidation.

It was gathered that Abagana youths   and some former members   of the Anambra   State House of Assembly   were making   arrangements to stage a protest in Awka over the continued detention of the ex-lawmaker.

Meanwhile, one Theresa Nwafor, who was released from police detention  weekend  over the matter, said she suffered for what she did not know about.

“They came to arrest my father,  Chief  Joseph Nwafor, but my father was not at home when they came. So they picked me and my sister and detained us from September  7  to 10.

“They scaled our wall to effect my father’s arrest and ended up bundling us into their vehicle when I didn’t do anything,” she said.

According to her, the allegation was that her father was in possession of the documents relating to the land in dispute.


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