Kogi Vs Anambra State Land Dispute Killed Seven, 52 Houses Burnt

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April 3rd, 2013 – Kogi Vs Anambra State Land Dispute Killed 7, 52 Houses Burnt

At least 7 people were killed and over 52 more houses burnt in a bloody clash over disputed land between Enugu-Otu Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State and Ashonwo/Odeke in Ibaji Local Government of Kogi State. Confirming the incident to journalists yesterday, a community leader in Enugu-Otu Aguleri, Chief Anekwe Arinze alleged that the people of Ashonwo/Odeke invaded his community at about 1:30am when the residents had all gone to bed.

“We were sleeping; suddenly we started hearing gunshots everywhere and when some of us came out to know what was happening we saw our houses on fire. Our children and women who tried to escape were shot and many were wounded. We heard them saying the land belongs to us, you cannot take it. That was when we knew it was Kogi people. Some of our men who summoned the courage to pursue them away could not get them because when they noticed our prompt response, they ran away. Already we have counted seven corpses.” “They kidnapped three men. But we cannot fold our hands while they kill them. They must release them to us hale and hearty,” he said. However, the Transition Committee Chairman of Anambra East Council Area, Mr. Chinedu Obidigwe who could not confirm the number of casualties, lamented the level of destruction in the community by the people of Kogi State, adding that they took laws into their hands by not going to court to prove their case.

Obidigwe further urged both communities to exercise restraints since Anambra State Government had deployed soldiers to the areas to bring normalcy to the disputed land. However, a community leader in Odeke Ibaji Local Government Area, Kogi State who pleaded anonymity said the community leaders were not in support of those who carried out the attacks in Enugu-Otu Aguleri. “We are not in support of our men who attacked Enugu-Otu.

We are not involved. We are trying to make peace with Aguleri but our people out of impatience went to war without our consent. Government should please settle this problem for us so that we can live in peace. We are brothers and sisters. The land we met and shall leave behind should not bring problem between us. T

hey should not attack us,” he said. Meanwhile, all efforts to reach the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka proved abortive, as all calls put across to his mobile phones were not answered, while a police source who pleaded anonymity said there was no loss of life in the on-going crisis between the two communities.

[Report by EMMANUEL UZOR, Daily Sun]

19 thoughts on “Kogi Vs Anambra State Land Dispute Killed Seven, 52 Houses Burnt

  1. Onye akpakwana nw’agu aka n’odu m’odi ndu m’onwuruanwu,Aguleri-Otu will teach them a lesson am praying to God to prevent a reprisal attack shaa,i rest my case.

  2. So it is no longer the issue of boko haram but communal clash, this is very wrong. The kogi people have no right of any kind to had carried out the attack on the community in Anambra state, if they have any case concerning land, why didn’t they channel their case to court instead of killing innocent women and children that does not know anything? Infact, I do not know the point this Kogi people are trying to prove, people travelling either from north to south west or south west to north passing through Okene is always a prayer point for God’s mercy. That place is the headquaters of armrobbers. And i don’t actually agree with the elders that they did not sent them. It seems the breaking of Nigeria as prophesied by US has just began since we started having state against another state war.

  3. Awon ibo were. Wo eyin kogi,e gbo oro oo. E ti lo fa ija fun arayin o. Pls tamper justice with mercies my dear ibo brodas for dey do not knw wat dey did

  4. Resolve this issue amicably b4 d igalas swing into action. Anambra will not enjoy the consequences.

    • Aguleri please forgive them, for they know not what they do. Its ignorance made the rat to attck the cat.

  5. Why is kogi so wicked nd hearthless,dnt u hv educated people dt wil defend u at court concining d land,wel if u want fight i trust my people anambra they wil give it to u people.but i pray u should settle d matter.

  6. kogi people have always known to be terrible people but we shall show them. Useless people set of people!!! Oky let watch and see

    • Am replying to bet,idont knw wat motivates you to be so bitter and callous,wat actualy are talking about?am not from kogi state but it shows very bad taste for u to openly generalise about a whole set of individuals.because a group of people did somthing condemnable doesnt mean no good can come from them,and u?where are u from where people are perfect,mars?

  7. D ibos ve sufferd 2 much.evry tribe is taking us 4 nothing.d killing of ndi igbo by d northern namas has extended 2 our own land.if we fail retaliate but preach peace nd oneness or allow oda‘s 2 tell us rubbish, den we are we big fools.dis time we shall only talk peace when we ve killed as many of their people as they ve killed ours.no looking back,bcus if we continue like dis we will wake up one morning nd there will be no igbo.now is time 2 act.we ve taken much 4 granted

  8. Ibos tool the run after is nt belong to them, immagine could u blieve that ibo pple cross d bounary into d kogi state village and claimed the ownership of dat land, even though kogi state govt nt support only ibaji is ready to fight for their, else the will keep of, if peter obi is doing any how he will see any how pple in kogi state than his.

  9. we should tried and settle dis issue.we koggi are peaceful ppl .but if de situation grow wars. Peace will no longer abide between us rather?????

  10. The Lord we serve should come and intervene in a situation like this, we strongly believe that the Government can do something over the issue of oil or land so call, why are we killing ourselves? we are killing ourselves of what you will die and left behind, please let’s do something over the issue Government.

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