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Police Take Over Achalla, Urum Communities over Communal Land Dispute

By Ikeogonna Eleke

Police in Anambra State have taken over Achalla and Urum Communities in Awka North Local Government Area, over a communal clash that erupted last Monday.

The communities had been having misunderstanding over ownership of a parcel of land and had previously been cautioned not to take the law into their hands.

But on Monday, hostilities erupted in the communities, leading to burning of property and destruction of buildings, causing police in the state to take over the communities.

An Indigene of Urum Community, Mr Chijioke Abel, said the entire community had been taken over by armed policemen, further disclosing that it was the same situation at Achalla.

Meanwhile, police in Anambra have confirmed the takeover of the warring communities, promising to bring all persons involved in the crisis to book.

The spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, SP Haruna Mohammed, said that on the 22 of June, 2020, at about 1.pm, there was a distress call that some youths in large numbers, allegedly from Achalla, invaded Urum Community with offensive weapons and razed down three buildings and damaged other buildings by destroying louvre glasses and other structures.

‘Following the distress call, the Command quickly dispatched joint Police teams comprising PMF/SARS and other conventional units, led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, ACP David Iloyanomon.

The situation was brought under control, while a joint patrol is still ongoing to restore normalcy in the affected areas. The extent of damage and injuries sustained has not yet been ascertained.

‘The Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, has directed the DC, State CID, Awka, to carry out discreet investigation in order to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators to book,’ Haruna said.

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