TheNigerianVoice Online Radio Center

Topics | Hot Topics | Search | Archive

VIOLENCE ROCKS KOGI TOWNS OVER LAND DISPUTE

By NBF News

ONE person has been declared missing and several people, including traditional rulers, injured following alleged ambush on Tuesday and retaliation yesterday over land dispute involving two communities in Yagba-West Local Council of Kogi State.

The bone of contention is the over 20-year-old disputed boundary between Egbe, the commercial nerve centre of Yagba-West and neigbouring Okoloke/Okunran/Isanlu Esa villages.

Tuesday's attack on the one hand, was said to have been carried out by the villagers who ambushed and injured chiefs from Egbe, while youths from the latter retaliated yesterday, literally sacking one of the rival villages, Okunran.

Fresh hostilities were said to have erupted at about 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday following what a source from Okoloke described as unwarranted invasion of their land by people he referred to as impostors from Egbe.

The source, who preferred anonymity, said news filtered into the three villages on Monday night that Egbe people had planned to invade their land on Tuesday morning and they quickly mobilised to ward off any such invasion, with the exception of long time ally, Isanlu-Esa, which sympathised with Egbe.

The villagers were said to have descended on the unsuspecting visitors on their way back from Okoloke with matchets, charms and other dangerous weapons freely used.

The traditional chiefs on the delegation were not spared as the vehicles, which conveyed them, were smashed and impounded. They were then made to trek the 23-kilometre road back to Egbe.

In the melee, one of the victims whose name was given simply as Tunbosun, has since been declared missing.

'Meanwhile as soon as the victims arrived back to Egbe town, they narrated their ordeals to their people and angry youths elected to retaliate', began a source, adding: 'They first converged on the centre of the town by the town hall where they marched in their hundreds to the quiet Okunran neighbouring village at about 12 noon yesterday, destroying houses and literally sacking Okunran community. The town was deserted.

But attempts by rampaging Egbe youths to proceed to Okoloke were, however, halted by gun-shots fired by Okoloke youths. The crisis is likely to continue today as Egbe youths only retreated to fortify themselves against the gun attacks.

Your Comment
 
 
 

Bamidele | 3/16/2012 12:28:00 PM
the truth of d matter is that the land belongs to okoloke/okunran/isanlu-esa pple. I lived in that place 4 som yrs. They ar good and hospitable pple. Egbe ar only envy of d mineral resources that is naturaly emdowed to okoloke pple. Meanwhile, isanlu-esa ar not ally to egbe as said in d passage. Okoloke/Isanlu-esa speaks wit one voice
Bolu Johnson | 12/12/2015 6:10:00 PM
The land belongs to the Egbe people. Okoloke, Isanlu-esa were migrants who came to settle there under the permission of the Egbe people years back.
Kayode Elton | 5/3/2016 2:24:00 PM
The land belong to Egbe people, Okoloke means farm on the uphill, and Okunran means the slaughter. Both were used in the olden days by Egbe farmers and hunters respectively. Okoloke and Okunran people are migrants.
Timilehin | 3/5/2017 10:37:00 AM
the land belong to okunran and okoloke people
quality is not an accident but it represent the wise choice of many alternatives
By: yahaya solomon gizam