Anambra state government threatens to forcefully acquire disputed lands

Anambra state government threatens to forcefully acquire disputed lands

- Anambra state government has threatened to forcefully acquire disputed lands in communities fighting over its ownership

- There had been cases of killings in recent times over land dispute in the state

- The deputy governor of the state, Dr Nkem Okeke, said that the most difficult job he had to deal with as deputy governor was land dispute

Anambra communities fighting over land ownership have been threatened by the state government that it would henceforth forcefully acquire such lands as a way of ending land disputes in the state.

The warning was given by the state deputy governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, after resolving 100 years of old land dispute between Umunachi in Dunukofia local government area and Ogidi in Idemili North local government area of the state, Vanguard reports.

NAIJ.com notes that the deputy governor said: “Each time I am to preside over a land issue, I develop headache. The most difficult job I have to deal with as a deputy governor is land dispute. I just came back from Abuja where we visited the National Boundary Commission over our land dispute with Enugu and Kogi states.

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“What I do not understand is why many communities have land dispute in Anambra. I am happy because this is the first time I am told that two communities accepted, on their own, to make peace and shun killings over land. I am indeed very happy.

“I am therefore calling on other communities to emulate these two communities. I am saying this because government has the right to acquire any landed property that remains in dispute for the overriding interest of peace. And I know that when we do so, the feuding communities will lose.”

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a man simply identified as Wike was on the run after he allegedly attacked his brother by pouring acid on his face over a land dispute.

According to an exclusive report sent to NAIJ.com, the incident happened in 2017 when the victim, simply identified as Emmanuel was working on a farm.

It was reported that the duo were involved in a land dispute and that Wike had raised alarm claiming Emmanuel had threaten to kill him. Wike had reported the case to the police to arrest Emmanuel based on the claim but no arrest was made.

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Source: Naija.ng

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