Anambra Women Protest As Police Allegedly Teargas Them

The people of Abba Community in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, have called on both the Federal and State government to come to their aid over what they described as continued harassment, intimidation and forceful occupation of their land by the police.

Speaking to newsmen at Oye Abba Market Square, some of the villagers alleged that officers of the Anambra State Police Command barred women from their community from carrying out commercial activities in the market.

The Police officers who were said to have been deployed to the market, allegedly shot canisters of teargas at the helpless women, to stop them from accessing the market.

It was gathered that the action may not be unconnected with the recent misunderstanding between Abba and Ukpo communities over land dispute.

Women from Abba had recently taken a protest to the government house Awka, to complain to Governor Willie Obiano that a certain multi-millionaire from Ukpo was behind the forceful takeover of their land.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, said the police did not tear-gas the women.

SP Haruna said the Command received intelligence report of an imminent clash between Abba and Ukpo communities and that the deployment of officers was a pro-active measure to forestall any breakdown of law and order in the area.

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