Thursday, March 25, 2021

Land Encroachment: Intervene To Avoid Blood Shed, Ewulu Women, Stakeholders Tells DTSG.



As part of efforts to prevent blood shed between two Communities; Ewulu and Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South LGA, Delta State, a concerned Stakeholders, group of Women in Ewulu Community has called on Delta State Government to use every available means towards bringing peace into the purported encroachment of their land by members of Ogbe-Nti Quarters of Ogwashi-Uku Community, Aniocha South LGA, Delta State.
The media learnt this today being 25th March, 2021 from Ewulu Community Stakeholders, a group of concerned Women in their hundreds embarks on a heavy peaceful protest that rocks Ewulu Junction as group expressed grievances that their aged-long land inherited from their ancestors is presently being encroached by some persons; that is being taking by some members of Ogbe-Nti Quarters, Ogwashi-Uku Community.
The Women were seeing in their hundreds carrying placards, singing Protests songs mixed with peace and war, help and Psalms to God, that the encroached land was a long-term inheritance gotten from their fore -fathers while calling on Aniocha South Council, Delta State Government and other relevant stakeholders charged with the responsibility of settling boundary issues, promoting peace and security to wade into the matter to avoid escalation or blood shed in the nearest future.
Our reporter at the protest ground interviewed some of the Community Stakeholders which included amongst others: The Women Leader of Ewulu Community, Mrs Utulu Regina, The President-General of Ewulu Community, Comrade Uche Emma Aboh, the Chairman, Ewulu Progressive Union, Home Committee, Mr. Innocent Eshonuwe and others to know the gravity of the Protests, what efforts has been done to bring peace on the alleged Encroachment in the past , the current challenges so far among others that led to the early morning Protests and blocking of FGN Roads and grid lock for motorists and passengers.
The Women were seen with Placards with the inscriptions: "Ogbe-Nti Obi Quarters, Ogwashi-Uku give us back our land", "Ewulu Community is a peaceful Community", "Delta State Government should intervene now before a peaceful protest turns to full fledge Communal crises" and others. The Women also seen singing songs mixed with peace and war, help and God's intervention, sorrow and Psalms. They called on Delta Government to intervene on the land encroachment matter.

Ewulu Community Women Leader, a septagenarian, Mrs Regina Utulu told Newsmen that the Women were angered and resorted to peaceful protest as a result of the take over of their land by Ogbe-Nti Obi Quarters, Ogwashi-Uku, that the idea is to draw Delta State Government attention to the ugly Development before it escalates to violence or communal crisis if not well managed. She said: "I was a kid, 10 years old when my father taking us to his farmland".

" The encroached land were in a nearby distance to compare to the areas where we used to farm then. All the land that belongs to us has bey taking away from us. Now people who took over our land now chase us away, harvest our crops and start using buldozer to grade those lands that belongs to us. We have no place to farm anymore".

The Chairman, Ewulu Progressive Union EPU, Mr. Eshonuwe Innocent, the octagenarian, a retired Nigerian Soldier, while in tears called on the Delta State Government to intervene that Ewulu Community is a peace loving community, therefore will only commit the matter, their ways to God through prayers.

He stated that the Women were protesting the alleged take over of their lands by some family members of Ogbe-nti Obi Quarters of Ogwashi-Uku. He said: " As a 10 year old child in those days, AKU UDALA and other interior parts of the land down to Ibusa and Environs were part our fathers farmland".

"Today reverse is the case. The said quarters and other neighbouring has taking over our lands. We are calling on the Government to intervene and help us. We have no weapon to fight. Our Community is a peaceful place. Hence there is no casualty yet, before the crisis escalates we call on the Government to Wade in and help us retrieve our lands".

Also speaking is the Community President-General PG, and former Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Delta State Chapter, Comrade Uche Emma Aboh who narrated the efforts so far the Community has made to retrieve their lands from the alleged tress-passers, the challenges and then call on the State Government to Wade into the matter.

He said: "Before we used to have boundaries with Ibusa. Now our land has been taken over by our neighbouring Communities. We have traditional trees as boundary signs and becons there in the old Ogwashi-Uku road as boundaries. Our land extended far beyond The Obasanjo farm. The entire space was our land but today they have encroached on it as well. Our farmlands move to the interior parts but we only farm nearby recently and presently has been encroached. And bulldozers are grading the areas by those encroaching them. Security personnels mounted there to deprive our people from farming".

"We as a community has made a lot of move to maintain peace. We have written to the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku as the custodian of the community. He promised to set up a committee to look into it. We are yet to hear from him. We have also written to Delta State Police Command, the then Deputy Commissioner of Police noted that they are aware that Ewulu Community is the owner of the land but the truth is that they may not adjudicate on land matters".

" Several other appropriate authorities are aware of this ugly Development. We use this medium to appeal to Delta State Government to come into the matter. Our Women have no place to farm anymore when we have enormous land space. This is necessary to avoid escalation of crisis in the nearest future".

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