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Fresh crisis looms in Amechi-Uwani, Enugu State over land

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ENUGU—UNEASY calm has again enveloped   Amechi-Uwani in  Enugu-South Local Government Area of Enugu State following the alleged oppression, extortion and exploitation against a section of  the community.According to a petition to the Inspector –General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase by Messres     Chijioke Ugwu, Okwudili Ugwu, Dominic Ani and Christian Ugwu, some members of the community called “Umuneshi Land Committee led by one Friday Nnaji and Sunday Anyanwu had been intimidating them for the last five years.

In the petition dated October 12 and signed by their counsel, Louis  Onyia,  they accused an Assistant Superintendant of Police,   ASP, (name withheld) of allegedly providing cover to their opponents in the  land dispute. According to the petitioners, the Police Officer had cashed in on what they described as baseless and unfounded petitions to the Police  headquarters, Abuja to fleece them.

“Sir, the crux of the matter was that sometime last year, one Mr.  Chinedu Nnaji (one of the confederates of Mr. Friday Nnaji) died while running away with other members of his gang for fear of police arrest  and prosecution as they had just attacked and set ablaze the ancestral home of Messrs Afamuefuna and Chijioke Ugwu.

“Nnaji and his cohorts  damaged their household property worth over N20million; a 2002 model Toyota High  Lander, a 2005 model Toyota Corolla as well as another 2010 model Toyota Camry, and  Afamuefuna narrowly escaped being killed. “Before any investigation could be conducted, Mr. Friday Nnaji  and Sunday fired petition to the Police alleging that Mr. Chijioke  Nnaji was killed by the Ugwus.

“Happily, however, the report of the medical autopsy  conducted on October 9, 2015, by the Police Pathologist and Chief Consultant,  DCP Dr Wilson Akhiwu, in full glare of both parties showed clearly  that Mr. Chinedu Nnaji died of myococardial infaction following  persistent systematic hypertension,” Onyia stated.

Onyia therefore, appealed to the IGP to order for full investigation into the matter as well as on the role  being played by the accused police officer. “For a start, kindly order that he (Nnakusoba) should release the  two of our clients sureties whom he is holding in detention at Enugu and return back to Abuja pending the outcome of full investigation of  allegation leveled against him,” he added.

However, the other party, the Umunenshi community debunked the claims by the Ugwus, saying that  Nnaji, was ambushed and killed on December 17,  last year where he had gone to inspect the conntroversial Egbirigba,   Ugwuonyia land, distancing themselves from the autopsy result, which they  said was carried  out in the absence of the representatives of their community.

They further  insisted that a top Police Officer in the state had become  a stumbling block in the way of justice as well as the prosecution of  four suspects arrested in connection with the death of Nnaji. According to them, the Police Officer at the centre of a  disputed piece of land, obtained three plots of land from the area lying a few kilometers off Enugu, which he later sold for N9 million  to compromise the  case.

Addressing reporters in Enugu, Counsel to the Complainants (the  Umunenshi), Sunday Anyanwu of Chieze Chambers, alleged that the police  had taken sides with the alleged assailants and  accused the Commissioner of Police of  complicity, saying that he has “decided to compromise the case and  peace of the state and the component units for pecuniary interests.”

The lawyer exhibited documents including various police reports  and petitions to the Force headquarters, Abuja, wherein he restated  his case against the police boss allegedly acting in connivance with  some elements within the Umuewoukwus. The Police in Enugu exonerated  the state Commissioner of Police of any blame in the matter; dismissing  the allegations of the lawyer as untrue and unfortunate.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said  that the matter had long been handled, stressing that the Commissioner  was never offered or received any gift from the communities, adding    that the police would always protect the people,  hence it was unfair to link the police with the  delays over a matter that was outside its domain.

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