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AWKUZU CRISIS: VILLAGERS ON THE RUN FOR SAFETY.

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The release of the suspects accused of killing one person in Umuduayika and Atiko kindred of Iruayika village, Awkuzu in the Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State has led to fleeing of the community by the residents. The released suspects were also accused of destroying property worth millions of Naira in their attempt to forcefully take over the management of the communal land without authorisation from the stakeholders.

Chairman of the community, Ogugua Nweke, flanked by the secretary, Prince Francis Nweke, and another stakeholder, Prince Alex Ezebuilo, on Wednesday expressed worry over the development.

They said their worry was that the people arrested in connection with the crisis in the community had been released, urging the police to carry out proper investigation into the matter.

“With the release of these suspects, our village is no longer safe. Most of our people have fled and are hiding outside the village, while the suspects released by the police are roaming the street, bragging and daring.

As a consequence, the community had petitioned the Inspector General of Police over alleged murder of one person and destruction of property worth millions of naira in the area.

In the petition by their counsel, C.C. Onubogu, which was copied to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 13, Ukpo, the community traced the incident to May 2020 when some youths in the area allegedly attempted to forcefully take over the management of the communal land without authorisation from the stakeholders.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu said he was not aware of the Awkuzu crisis, promising to get back to correspondents  if he received information on the matter.

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