Accuses Police in the area of compromise
From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Three Monarchs in Rivers State yesterday called on Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to quickly intervene on the ownership crisis rocking a vast lands belonging to six communities in Etche and Obio/Akpor Local government areas of the state before it turns bloody.
The monarchs include, Eze Adiele Worgu, the Nvuike I of Rumukwurushi, His Royal Highness, Eze Stanford Achor of Wokeregbe Community both in Obio/Akpor local government area and Eze Felix Onyeche, the Ochimba/ Ezurumee I of Ikwerre-ngwo in Etche Local government.
Speaking at the joint press briefing held at the palace of His Royal Highness, Eze Stanford Achor, the monarchs said immediate intervention by the IGP Idris and the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike would avert any possible calamity.
They accused those encroaching into their lands of conniving with the police in the state to frustrate any move to stop the land invaders from selling the lands.
Addressing the gathering, Eze Worgu said, if not the way the community leaders have decided to peacefully handle the matter, the crisis would have escalated beyond control.
Chief Worgu said they have before now petitioned the Inspector General of Police against land grabbers who are selling their lands despite several warning issued against them.
Eze Stanford Achor and Eze Felix Onyeche also called on Governor Nyesom Wike to wade into the matter, adding that they cannot continue to watch another people encroaching and selling land that naturally belong to them.
They advised those buying land in the area to desist and immediately collect their money back, stressing that they will resist anyone who did not buy land directly from them from developing the land.
“We want everyone to know that there is court injection restraining those who are selling the land, yet they did not adhere to that order. This is because the Police, for whom we have reported the case to, are aiding them to cause more trouble in the land.
“We are begging the Inspector General of Police to intervene now before the issue turns bloody. We are peace loving Monarchs, that is why we have decided to choose the part of peace. We are also calling on the public not to buy any land located within this jurisdiction.”