Boundary dispute: Hoodlums attack Anambra community, smash vehicles

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There was uneasy calm in Oyi Local Government Area Anambra state following a boundary dispute between Ezi Nkewelle and Osile Ogbunike communities in the area.

Some hoodlums reportedly working for one the communities had blocked the road in attempt to stop the other party from taking possession of the slaughter market, an action that led to smashing of some vehicles in the area.

Addressing newsmen on Sunday, Chairman Ezi Nkwelle community, Chief Wilfred Okafor, regretted that they were prevented from taking possession of the slaughter land given to them by the State Boundary committee and court judgments.

He said: “When we arrived the place on February 11, some armed policemen already stationed in the and started shooting sporadically which made us to scamper for safety.

“Why will the same police that gave us protection on Feb 3 when we first came to take possession the land but was prevented by suspected hoodlums who were shooting from the bush that made both the police and themselves to leave the place for also turn against us and started shooting at us?

“We also wonder why government is keeping quiet over the land matter even after paying our own bills as they requested for demarcation and monuments.”

Okafor called for government intervention by putting the monument as promised after their ruling on the land.

The Nation gathered that some traders were injured, lost their meats and cash amounting to N30million while properties were destroyed when suspected hoodlums stormed the slaughter market last week.

Reacting, Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed said Police did not stop anybody from executing court order but responded to a distress call imminent breakdown of law and order.

“The timely intervention the Police calmed the situation leading to restoration of normalcy and free flow of traffic,” he added.