April 27, 2017

Killings, arms recovery at Nteje not connected with chieftaincy tussle— IGWE ODEGBO

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—THE traditional ruler of Nteje in Oyi local government area of Anambra State, Igwe Rowland Odegbo has faulted the insinuation that the recent killings and recovery of arms and ammunition by soldiers and men of Department of State Services, DSS, in a village in his domain was due to the ongoing chieftaincy tussle in the community.

Soldiers of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army and the men of DSS, in a joint operation in the area, arrested some suspects in Nteje over allegation that they had questions to answer in the killing of three people in the community in March, 2017.

Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa said that although there were people who went to court over the chieftaincy matter, the tussle was not the cause of the recent incident in Nteje, adding that the substantive case has not even been heard.

He said: “The problem we have in Nteje is that some people are busy selling lands, including lands that do not belong to them. Some are even communal  lands and we are asking people not to buy such lands that are contentious.”