Palpable tension and fear of the unknown have continued to mount over alleged land encroachment in Igbodo/Onicha-Ugbo communities in Delta State.
While the aggrieved youths of Igbodo Community, Ika North East Local Government Area of the state are alleging encroachment on their land by a native of Onicha-Ugbo and manager of a new generation bank (name withheld), the bank manager was alleged to have hired armed thugs on Tuesday to attack some youths from Igbodo who dared challenged his ownership of the disputed land.
But the police commissioner in the state, Mr Zanna Ibrahim in a swift reaction, said the police forestalled the breakdown of law and order in both communities, adding trouble makers would be brought to book.
An Eyewitness said the Banker in company of the alleged thugs, brandish pump action guns and shot sporadically into the air to scare the Igbodo youths who had allegedly mobilised to the disputed land.
A community leader, Mr Clement Okafor however sued for peaceful co-existence, saying the dispute will be amicably resolved. “We are neighbours and we can’t be seen fighting over land, efforts are ongoing to resolve the dispute and live amicably” Unconfirmed sources said aggrieved Igbodo youths had sometime last month reported alleged criminal activities on their farm land to the police at the Area Command Asaba, but the Banker allegedly refused to honour the police invitation extended to him,” he said.