By Ikeugonna Eleke
Members of Isuaniocha Community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State have raised an alarm over what they termed the illegal sale of communal land by some members of the community.
Chief Anthony Onyeagolu, a former President General of the community who briefed journalists over the trouble in the community, said the situation had become worrisome because despite the crisis in the community occasioned by land tussle, some members of the community had constituted themselves into a group, terrorizing the community and selling off its land.
He said, ‘The situation in our community is very pitiable today. Some people have constituted themselves into tormentors and they are selling off community land, and people are buying and building on them, even as I speak to you now.
‘They have chased away many families in the community and they are using the opportunity to sell the landed property of all the families that have left the community, using the money to buys cars and marry new wives.
‘The few people who have resisted the sale of their land have been kidnapped and taken into the forest where they are tied up and beaten until their families pay ransom for their release.’
Onyeagolu however warned people buying landed property in Isuaniocha to be careful, saying that all those buying property from the cabal in the village would lose them once peace returned to the community.
‘If you want to buy land from a community that is not yours, the right thing to do is to go and make enquiry from the elders of the land, not just accepting whatever land speculators tell you, because once peace returns, you’ll forfeit your land,’ he said.