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Trouble looms in Abia community over natural resources

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—TENSION is mounting over granite and precious stones in the mineral rich Lokpaukwu Umuchieze community in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State following alleged disobedience of a court order for the company operating a mining site in the community to stop work.

When Vanguard visited the community, weekend, it was gathered that the youths were spoiling for a show-down with the company, Pioneer Sinochino Investment Venture Limited, which they accused of flouting a Federal High Court Order which stopped the company and another firm, Asphalt Unity Construction Limited, from operating at the disputing Aguokeakpu quarry land of Amaubiri/Umutu in the community, until the determination of a pending suit in the court.

To avoid the breach of peace in the sleepy community, leaders and major stakeholders in the area, have urged the Police to wade in and ensure that the court order was complied with to avoid a break-down of law and order in the community even as they appealed to the youths to remain calm.



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