One of the deserting residents who spoke to AMEN Super News reported that all of a sudden, a band of youths armed to the teeth descended on their community, looting their properties, destroying their housing and molesting the people. According to him there has been a cold feud between the two settlements over the ownership of that portion of the Agu Umabor settlement and the economic trees there. Sometime in 2008, there were reported case of unauthorized cutting down of trees in the area and seizure of properties in the area by the Ishiama Elu OgbaOzalla which was reported to the police and after police investigations, the village head of Ishiama Elu OgbaOzalla, Ugwuja Abonyi who instigated the invasion and others were charged to Court for Stealing and Criminal trespass.
The current spate of the wanton destruction of properties in the area has reached alarming measures leading to the desertion of the area by the resident in protection of their lives.
When contacted, the Traditional Ruler, HRH Igwe Kelvin Mama in whose administrative jurisdiction the Igbokubonu settlement falls under conformed the incident. He stated that his community has through the Community Peace Committee Chairman, Chief Elias Onah, written a petition on the incident to the Commissioner of police Enugu, Inspector General of Police and National Human Rights Commission since 28th February 2014 and not much has been done to bring peace and order in the area and ensure the return of his subjects to the settlement. He stated that his community has been in long undisturbed ownership and possession of the area from time immemorial and wondered why the neighbouring village should launch such attack on his subject. He stated that his community will not rest in their oars until justice is brought to bear on the development, and appealed to the invading village to embrace peace and recourse to civilized means of dispute settlement. His position was same as that of the Eze Umabor, Felix Ezugworie when contacted.
In the said petition made available to AMEN Super News, it is stated that “the inter crises between the two community settlements is now an annual ritual as the people of Ishiama Elu Ogbozalla Opi continues over the years to attack the people of Igbokubonu in Agbata, Agu Umabor Ehalumona, Nsukka LGA especially during cash crop harvesting seasons over the former’s claim to ownership of the Latter’s vast land in the area. For about two weeks now, hoodlums from Ishiama Elu Ogbozalla Opi has been coming and raiding the people of Igbokubonu in Agbata, Agu Umabor Ehalumona carting away their valuable possession that the latter had to desert their homes and settlement where they have lived for over ten decades
At the time of this report, the following families in the said Igbokubonu settlement, to mention but a few are now refugees in the neighboring villages while their houses were being looted and their properties wantonly destroyed; Agbo Augustine, Jonas Ugwueze, Asogwa Oliver, Tom Ugwuowo, Onowo Magret, Onowo Titus, Agbo Marcelinus, Wilfred Ugwowo, Ugwuoke Simon, Onah Silas , Celetsine Ozioko, Ejiofor Asogwa, Lucy Obetta, Veronica Ozioko, Mercy Ugwuoke Everestus Onowo, Lazarus Ugwu, and Oliver Eze.
In an interview granted to some of the victims by AMEN SuperNews, they narrated their experience and how life has made unbearable for them in having to be forced out of their residential homes where they have enjoyed relative peace and harmony since the time of their great grand fathers. They all wondered why the sudden attack on them by the neighboring village and called on the Law enforcement agencies to restore peace in the area to avoid it degenerating into a communal war and the consequent bloodshed.
A source from Ishiamaelu Ogbozalla who spoke under unanimity told AMEN SuperNews that the reason behind the action of his people over the land is that they are laying claim to the Land in the area and that the economic trees in the area is their major attraction