Five persons have been reported killed in a land dispute at Nteje, Oyi local government area of Anambra State.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Rowland Odegbo, disclosed this to newsmen in Awka, the state capital on Monday.
He said 18 persons had been arrested from the community over the dispute, including a 70-year-old brother of a Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie.
According to PUNCH, Odegbo said he escaped being arrested following Governor Willie Obiano’s intervention.
He decried incessant harassment of his people by the police from outside the state, stating that his community was under police siege.
He said some of the people killed were the morgue, while most youths in the area had fled the town and hidden in forests for fear of being arrested and taken to Abuja by the powers that be.
He gave the list of the persons arrested and being detained in Abuja SARS as Chief Ikechukwu Edochie, Chief Cyril Nwankwo, Mr. Vincent Okongu, Pastor Vin Nnaemeka, Modilim Nwene, Anthony Ewenike, Dominic Oboh, Sunday Mobi, Paul Aghadinuno, the landMonday Nwafor and Nwoye Amamchukwu.
Others were Obelagu Mobi, Koife Chukwuemeka, Ogwugwua Nweke, Fidelis Cordi, Ibe Kenneth, Chijioke Anyanti and Uchenna Oraegbunam.
The monarch said the land dispute was engineered by land speculators who constituted themselves into a cabal and illegally sold communal land for many years.
He said they were not making any returns to the villagers, hence trouble began which led to the death of three persons on 11th of March this year when two factions involved in the sale of the land clashed.
He said when some soldiers intervened in the matter to quell the riot, one of the groups attacked the soldiers, leading to the death of one other person whose body was still in the mortuary.
Calling on Governor Obiano to set up a panel of enquiry to look into the matter, Igwe Odegbo said: “The major problem we have is that one policeman, who was at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Awkuzu and now an assistant commissioner of police in charge of SARS in Abuja, is being used to come into Nteje and arrest people and take them to Abuja without recourse to the Anambra State police command”.
His statement said “There was even a petition that I, the traditional ruler, should be brought to Abuja and they would have carried me if the Anambra State governor had not intervened.
“I was addressing a village meeting when the policemen came and said that I was needed in Abuja. However, following the intervention of the governor, they asked me to come at my own time, but I knew that was a face-saving measure on their part.
“When one person was killed recently, the same Abuja SARS came to Nteje and arrested many people who are yet to be released.
“I don’t know why Abuja SARS should be bypassing Anambra State police command to come and carry people to Abuja. What borders me is that when three people were killed in March, there was a petition to the police, while another group wrote another petition and included me.
“What has been happening here is that petitions have been flying and arrests made indiscriminately. I really don’t understand why our people should be intimidated by a group and trying to rope in the traditional ruler because someone was opposed to my being crowned the Igwe of Nteje.
“Our community needs help because we are under police siege from Abuja. Those arrested were carried in two buses and taken to Abuja on thumped up charges and I would have been among them if I am not the traditional ruler.”
Tito Da.Fire, Jaywon Make Dreams Come True In “Wow Kiddies Talent Show Finale”
It was all excitement as winners emerged in the Grand Finale of Wow Kiddies Talent Show Season 1 hosted by FireHits Studio and produced by Uduak Peters of G2M Creatives. The finale which took place Saturday 28th September 2019, was Hosted by Tito Da.Fire and Giftyy while judges were Singer Jaywon, On-Air Personality and Blogger Ore Onile–Ire of Lagos Talks FM, recording artiste and model Minjin.
Highlights of the grand finale which had 5 finalists aged 7-15 years, included a heartfelt rendition by Louis Chinyere where she belted Tiwa Savage “All Over” and Joest Thomas’ energetic performance of Burna Boy’s Anthem as both performances received standing ovation. The finalists Joest Thomas, Thankgod Favour, Musa Mustapha, Louis Chinyere and Alabi Ayoola exhibited evidence of nurturing they received during weeks of singing and vocal training.
Tito Da.Fire performance was another bright-note as he delivered a high spirited medley of “Dream Come True”, “Beauty From Africa”, “Majekaja” and climaxed with “Tito Da.Fire”, Songs from “One Kiss”album.
Wow Kiddies Talent Show grand finale ended with presentation of Grand Prize to Joest Thomas, winner of N300,000 and a record deal with Grindiin Records, while Louis Chinyere and Musa Alaba won N200,000 and N100,000 for first and second runners up respectively. The talent show which promises to be an annual nationwide talent search was powered by G2M Creatives, Grindiin Records and FireHits Studio, with support from Mazaton Ventures Limited.
In Jaywon’s words, “my being a part of this as a judge was very heartwarming and I am glad I came and saw raw talented kids and I’m looking forward to see them at the top of the music industry”.
“If I Die Following My Dreams I’ii Die Happy And Fulfilled” – Oyinbabyo
Guys!! This is not fair at all we are better than this… we love you @oyinbabyo stay strong dear!
Hi everyone, I’d like to express my feelings to make you all understand what I’ve been going through for the past two days after my video was posted @tundeednut and @instablog9ja 🏼 I’ve seen a lot of trolls on my page with hate speech, abusive language and the threat to my life because I’m a white girl doing #Afrobeats music. I need you to understand that I was actually born white I didn’t choose my colour I have a good heart and I’m following my dreams which is my entitlement as a human being. And if I die following my dreams I’ll die happy and fulfilled as I’ve achieved my fate and my destiny. No amount of hate or threats will make me change my way of life nor the love and respect I have for African culture, Nigeria🇳🇬 and Afrobeats music. So I’ll never stop and no one will stop me because I have a strong will and a good heart towards everyone regardless of their gender, religion or race. #saynotoracism
For those of you encouraging and supporting me thank you! I’m just embarking on a journey that have kept many people backward and isolated due to fear of acceptance. I keep learning everyday because no one is perfect and life itself is a learning experience. Oyin is here to stay and I believe I’ll make you all proud. Thank you 🖤 @beehiventertainment
God Saved My Life Through Knives (Shangeorge Narrates)
In a one on one interview with the veteran movie producer and Actress Shangeorge, she explained to ADEBAYO SAMUEL (TPUBLICIST) how she survived a Spine Surgery which she has been suffering from for years back through the hands of Dr Biodun Ogungbo, her explanation and short but heartfelt story as follows:
I’ve been battling a spine disease for so many months now, in and out of hospital since January 2019, finally I was told the only solution is a spine surgery, a very delicate surgery that can render me permanently paralysed for d rest of my life if not properly done, I was so scared, the bill for such surgery runs into millions of naira.
Long story cut short, I finally did the surgery In a Clinic in Abuja called Brain and Spine Surgery Consotium, through the hands of One of the best Neurosurgeon in Nigeria Dr Biodun Ogungbo.
Veteran Actor Segun Arinze
I want to say a very big thank u to some good friends and family who went out of their way to support with d huge surgery bill, I will never forget u for supporting instead of looking for lame heartless reasons and excuses not to help. God bless u all immensely.
Veteran Actor Uncle Tony
Executive First Lady Of Kogi State, Her Excellency Rashida Yahaya Bello
Who says Brain, Spine and other delicate Surgeries can’t be done in Nigeria? I’m recuperating fine. Help me thank God.
Watch a Video Clip of Shangeorge speaking about her health:
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