By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—Akuzor and Amafor villages in Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State have sent a Save Our Souls, SOS, to the state commissioner of police, CP, and the state Boundary Commission, to come to their rescue over alleged harassment and invasion of their land by Oze, Nkwele Ezunaka, a community in Oyi Local Government Area of the state.
The two Nkpor villages have also written the state deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who is the chairman of the state Boundary Adjustment Committee, pleading for the state government to properly demarcate their boundaries with Oze to end the lingering land dispute.
This came as three people from Nkpor arrested by the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, for entering into the said land, have remained in detention for three months without bail.
Three others arrested with them were, granted bail on Monday.
The large expanse of land, lying across Nkisi River, was allegedly inherited by Nkpor people, who were farming on it until the recent invasion by Oze people, who were also laying claim to the same land.
Chairman of Akuzor Village Committee, Mr. Chuma Chukwurah, in the letter to the deputy governor requested for proper placement of monuments on the respective boundaries so as to put an end to the existing conflict between the communities.
According to him, the trespass into the land by Oze village is slowing down his people’s plan to start the construction of a secondary school on the land.
Chukwurah added that the community had already applied to the government for the approval of the school.
Also, in the SOS to the police commissioner, which was copied to the state governor, counsel to Nkpor, Mr. S.O. Chukwukelu, said Akuzor and Amafor villages had never been in dispute until the recent incident which, he observed, was fuelled by land grabbers and speculators.
He said: “The problem started when land speculators from Oze came into the scene and started distorting the ancient and long maintained boundary between these two communities.”