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Gbaregolor, Esanma land crisis: Delta govt gets 24-hr ultimatum

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI — CRISIS is brewing in the two communities of Gbaregolor, Ewu Kingdom and Esanma,  Ughelli South and Bomadi local government areas of Delta State over a piece of land.

Consequently, the people of Gbaregolor have given the state government 24 hours within which to call the people of Esanma communi-ty to order to avert crisis in the area.

Speaking to newsmen at Gbaregolor community town hall, Mr. Christopher Agiama, Chairman and Mr. Freeborn Ojavwighokia, Secretary, said on November 7, 2009, they heard that the people of Esanma were warming up  to attack them over a disputed land.

According to them, “the issue of the land in question had been in court for decades until it was decided in favour of us in 2006.

“Some days ago, we saw some young men being dropped with speedboats at the other-side of Gbaregolor community in preparation for an attack.

“So we reported the issue to the Military Joint Task Force at Bomadi and they told us that since there is no case of death yet, we should report the issue to the police as they can only come in when there is a case of death.”

According to Gbaregolor people, the next day, one Mr. Stephen Adogbo Ugono of Gbaregolor went to his farm and was allegedly attacked by persons from Esanma community.

They added that he narrowly escaped with injuries in one of his arms.
They, however, disclosed that the matter had been reported to Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, Special Adviser to Governor Uduaghan on Lands Security, Chairman, Ughelli South Local Govern-ment Council, Mr. Dennis Djoma and the DPO in charge of the Otu-Jeremi Police Division.

The people described the state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, as a peace loving governor who does not want crises.

At the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), Delta State Police Command, Mr. Charles Muka, said he was yet to get information of the alleged attack on Mr. Stephen Ugono.


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