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Rivers community wants Wike to criminalise land grabbing

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Following series of land grabbing that have led to severe community crisis and deaths, the Rumuokurusi community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State has called on the state government to criminalise land grabbling and treat anyone involve as a kidnapper.

The community head who made the call in Port Harcourt yesterday, lamenting that the land thieves use guns to chase the rightful owners out of their land.Chairman of Rumuokurusi Town Council, Kingsley Ejekwu, has however called on Governor Nyesom Wike to wade into the situation to ensure that activities of land grabbers are put to stop to avoid looming crisis.

He said: “We are calling on the governor to come to our aid. The boys are fast entering our ancestral homes.“We don’t want to be evicted from our homes and we don’t want to carry guns and face them because if we do, that part of the state will become ungovernable.”

Also speaking, the paramount ruler of Omuwokerebe in the community, Eze Standford Achor, added that the land grabbers use assorted rifles to chase owners of the area.He noted that suspects from neighbouring community, in Igbo Etche, Etche Local Council have encroached their ancestral homes, adding that they (grabbers) have destroyed many property to achieve their motives.

Achor regretted that all efforts made to scare away the persons involved had proven abortive, adding that they (land grabbers) have also flouted court order, which barred people from entering the said area of land.He said: “As it stands, land grabbers have finished our land. They bulldoze and sell the land everyday. “This thing started since 2016. There was a time they stopped, but now they have started again. They have sold over 200 hectares of land.

“There is order of court that bars people of Igbo Etche and Rumuokurusi from entering the land, but when you go their you see boys with guns selling the same land.”


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