THE people of Ogbe Ijoh Urban community in Warri, Delta state, yesterday, stormed the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) zone 5 Benin City, calling on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the alleged demolition of their houses and properties on the orders of a prominent resident of the area.
The community leadersÂ shortly afterÂ presenting their petition to the AIG, Mr Muhammed Abubakar, complained that they have lived in the area for over 20 years but some time in 2007, the said prominent resident laid claim to the entire community land and started demolishing their buildings.
In their petition dated 10th of August, signed by one of the community leaders, Mr Paul Tusemone, it recalled that the entire occupants of NPA Warri, which was historically sold to the colonial government by the deed of lease for 99 years, on the 30th of July 1906, â€œnow belongs to Ogbe Ijoh people following the expiration of the leaseâ€
He made his desperate effort in 2007 when he evicted some hundreds of market women that normally eke a living at the water front through petty trading.
The petition therefore appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ogbonna Onovo to investigate the matter because â€œthe community members are now being threatened each day if they refuse to relocate even after several efforts have been made to make Chief Smooth understand that it his claim of the land was inhumanâ€.