Rivers Community Point Fingers At Police For Aiding Land Grabbers.
The Rumuagholu village in Rivers State’s Obio/Akpor Local Government Region has voiced concerns about a potential fight between youth and police in the area.
The community warned a fight was imminent because it was dissatisfied with how the police had fenced off section of the forest and refused locals access following the entry of some land speculators.
The community has appealed to Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, Friday Eboka, the Commissioner of Police for Rivers State, and Governor Nyesom Wike to intercede.
Ovundah Nworgu, one of the community’s leaders, claimed that approximately 20 police vans had been placed in the area, blocking them from reaching their land.
Nwogu said, “Land grabbers have been invading our community. There is chaos right now in our community because we have mobilised our youths to guard our land, but the police are aiding the land grabbers.
“We want the state governor to know about this issue now, because Rumuagholu is boiling; the community is in turmoil; the police are aiding the land grabbers. As we speak, over 20 police vans filled with police officers and other boys that they pay are on our land; they don’t want us to have access to the place.”
While sending a save-our-souls message to the police hierarchy, Prince Amadi, a community opinion leader, pleaded upon Wike to intercede in the case to avoid a bloodshed.
When called, DSP Grace Iringi-Koko, a spokesman for the Rivers State Police Command, stated she had not yet been briefed on the incident and promised to locate and contact our reporter with more information, but has yet to do so as of the time of filing this story.