Friday, 20 June 2014

Enugu Invades Anambra Community, burnt Primary School, destroyed Catholic Church

Okechukwu Onuegbu

Two communities in Enugu state Uwani -Umumba and Umuabaka both of Eziagu local government area last weekend invaded Ebenebe Community in Anambra state burning a primary school and a Catholic Church. gathered that the Enugu communities burnt down Umuogbuefi Primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Church Ebenebe before fleeing for fear of reprisal attack staged by the angry Ebenebe youths and community vigilante outfit who were taken unawares by the invading two villages from Enugu. gathered there had been a protracted land dispute between Ebenebe community in Anambra state and the two towns in Enugu state before it was resolved by the boundary adjustment commission which ruled the ownership of the land in dispute to Ebenebe as against the wish of the Enugu communities who had believed the boundary commission would have ceded the land to them.
Further it was learnt that after the hasty destructions of the Primary School and the Church building which were estimated at several millions of naira, the invaders hurriedly escaped. 

Meanwhile, Ebenebe community has written a strongly worded petition both to the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano and Anambra State House of Assembly on the matter appealing for urgent action to prevent such an ugly incident in the future.

Confirming the report , Councilor representing Ebenebe Ward 3, in the Awka North Local Government Area , Hon Innocent Maduako said  his village Umuogbuefi was under siege for several hours with Primary school and Church burnt by the hoodlums from Ezeagu community.

In another development, the member representing Awka-North constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Rebecca Udoji has brought the matter to the notice of the House of Assembly during the plenary.
Speaking in a matter of urgent importance, Hon. Udorji explained that last Saturday, Umuogbuefi people were attacked by some armed hoodlums believed to have invaded the village from it neighbouring towns of Umuabaka and Uwani, Eziagu local government of Enugu state  as a result of land dispute.
According to her, during the mayhem Umuogbuefi Primary School was burnt down, even as the only Catholic Church in the area, St. Mary Catholic Church was raised down.
However, the lawmaker added that no life was lost as peace loving people of her constituency ran for safety, and further urged them to maintain status quo pending government intervention.
She therefore called on governments of both states to come together to resolve the issue amicably, and avoid a kind of bloodshed tenable in the northern part of the country where Boko Haram insurgents bombs Churches and lives.
Responding, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chinwe Nwaebili condemned the barbaric act in totality but later referred it to House Committee on Security for investigations and immediate action.
The lawmakers also called on Governors of Enugu and Anambra States; Barr. Sullivan Chime and Chief Willie Obiano to intervene on the matter with a view to resolving the impasse.
Speaking in a telephone interview, the Traditional Ruler of Ebenebe, HRH Igwe Christopher Nnaegbune expressed regret that while government is making effort to build facilities for the god of people, some disgruntled elements would find it convenient to go about destroying these facilities including the house of God.
The Igwe further stated that he had personally written to the governor and the Chairman of Awka-North Council Area on the incident but was still expecting actions from them.



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