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Soldiers, Abuja natives clash over land


• One feared killed, four injured
• Ooni’s wife decries insecurity, tasks religious leaders on value reorientation

One person has been confirmed dead while four others were injured in a fresh clash between Abuja natives and soldiers over land at Tunga Maje in Gwagwalada Local Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

A community leader, Malam Tanko Sani, who confirmed the incident in an interview with journalists yesterday, said trouble ensued when soldiers forcefully moved into the land and started work without the consent of the natives.He said one of the natives, Hamza Usman, was killed by the soldiers for protesting against their action.

According to him, four other persons were injured and are receiving treatment in a hospital within the area.Meanwhile, attempts to speak with the military personnel on the issue failed as at the time of filing in this report and no any official statement from neither the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration nor the FCT Police Command.

In another development, worried by the continued skirmish between the Tiv and Jukun people along the border areas of Benue and Taraba states, President-General, Tiv Youth Organisation (TYO) Worldwide, Timothy Hembaor, has called on warring communities to ceasefire and embrace dialogue. Hembaor, who made the plead during a media briefing in Makurdi yesterday, described the skirmishes as uncalled for, noting that the Tiv and their Jukun brothers have many things in common hence there was no need for such squabbles.

In a similar vein, wife of Ooni of Ife and founder of En-heralds Ministry, Prophetess Silekunola Naomi Ogunwusi, has decried the level of insecurity in the country and charged the religious leaders to embark on value reorientation that could discourage would-be criminals.She spoke at the palace of Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Adejimi Adu, during the commencement of a three-day revival in the town organised in concert with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

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