Rivers community accuses police of aiding land grabbers

The community of Rumuagholu in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area in Rivers State has sounded the alarm over a possible clash between youths and police in the area.

The community said a clash was looming because they were disappointed with the way the police cordoned off part of the forest and barred residents from the arrival of some land grabbers, who were speculating on the Earth.

The community appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba; Rivers State Police Commissioner Friday Eboka; and Governor Nyesom Wike, to intervene.

One of the community leaders, Ovundah Nworgu, claimed that more than 20 police vans had been deployed in the area and cops were preventing them from accessing their land.

Nwogu said, “Land grabbers have invaded our community. There is chaos right now in our community because we have mobilized our youth to guard our land, but the police are helping the land grabbers.

“We want the state governor to be aware of this issue now as Rumuagholu is in turmoil; the community is in turmoil; police help land grabbers. As we speak, more than 20 police vans full of cops and other boys they pay are on our grounds; they don’t want us to have access to the place.

For his part, a community opinion leader, Prince Amadi, while sending a message of greeting to the police hierarchy, begged Wike to intervene in the case, in order to avoid a possible bloodbath.

When contacted, Rivers State Police Command spokesperson DSP Grace Iringi-Koko said she had not yet been briefed on the developments and promised to find and get back to our correspondent with details, but had not yet done so. time of filing this report.

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