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Delta community boils over gunmen invasion, property destruction

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By Nosa Akenzua

Trouble is currently brewing over the activities of unidentified gunmen who destroy property in the Okpanam community of Oshimili North local government area of Delta state.

While residents of the community have been gripped with fear, they have cried out following the threat to their safety and their houses, among others.

A leader of one of the communities, Ezikiel Okoh, who spoke to our correspondent said that residents’ property had been destroyed and expressed surprise at the magnitude of destruction perpetrated by the culprits. He added that the situation had been worsened by the destruction of over 3,000 houses and called on the Commissioner for Lands as well as leaders of Obodogba community to intervene in the matter from unlawful eviction

In response, the police commissioner in the state, Mr Ari Muhammad Ali said that the police had been monitoring the activities of the unidentified gunmen, disclosing that six suspected ritualists were recently arrested in the area in connection with the bizarre activities in the community, adding that “We have our strategies with a view to ensuring that residents of the community and the entire state could sleep with their two eyes closed.” When contacted, the youth leader of the area, Mr Richard Ebigwei and chairman, Central Working Committee, (CWC) for all the landed property in Obodogba community, Okpanam community, Mr Joseph Onoche, expressed shock and displeasure over the development which included habitable buildings and agricultural produce owned by both indigenes and other inhabitants who had lived in the community for several years.

However, they suspected that the inability of those concerned to implement the order of an Akwukwu Igbo High Court for the audit of the Obodogba community land for inventory of all sold and unsold properties might have triggered the attack.

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