Anambra communities tango over land ownership

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The President-General of Abacha Community Development Union, in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Ejike Okafor, has faulted claims by the President-General of Nimo community, Dan Analiku, that all the lands in the area should be cultivated by his people during the 2024 farming season.

Okafor, during a press conference in Nimo, on Tuesday, stated that such claims were capable of igniting crisis in the communities, if not well managed.

The PG of Nimo, had, during the community launching of its 2024 farming season, allegedly listed plots of lands in communities such as Nimo Owa, Owe, Mkpuluota, Nkokpo, Agunogba, and Aguekpe, among others, as lands to be cultivated by his people to enable them “to achieve bumper harvest.”

But reacting to the claims, Okafor insisted that the said plots of land belong to the Abacha people, and they have been cultivating the areas starting from the times of their forefathers.

He said, “Abacha community is a neighbouring community to Nimo. There was a report credited to the president-general of Nimo recently where he claimed that lands in those areas should be cultivated by his people during this year’s farming season.”

“Such a statement is mischievous and a charade put up to cover the truth of the whole matter and a ploy to confuse the general public on the true ownership of the said lands.

“Such public talk can ignite crises if not well managed. Our people in Abacha community had been living peacefully with their neighbours and have been having possession of the three lands which are Agu Owa, Ugwu Ogazi, and Agu Nogba, from time immemorial and we wondered why the President General decided to delve into such matters knowing fully well that the lands belong to Abacha town people.

“These three lands Agu Owa, Ugwu Ogazi, and Agu Nogba belong to Abacha people starting from the times of our forefathers. We Abacha people don’t know why the Nimo people or the president general is making such statements. It is on record that Abacha people are the bonafide owners of these places as these areas are part of the ongoing court matter involving Abacha community as defendants and Nimo as plaintiffs in a suit number NN/110/2018 in the Anambra State High Court, sitting at Neni.”

On his part, Mr. Mathew Obi, the Secretary-General of Abacha  Development Union, while affirming what the President-General of his community has said, called the Nimo Town leader to withdraw his statement on the said lands and choose the path of peace, adding that the two towns have been living peacefully and could not afford to be enemies this time.

When contacted on the development, the President-General of Nimo, Dan Analiku, on his part, dismissed the claims, insisting the lands belong to his community.

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