Enugu community petitions Attahiru over alleged illegal presence of soldiers


The Okpanku Community in Aninri local government area of Enugu state has petitioned the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, lamenting illegal use of soldiers to harass, intimidate and abduct its citizens in a bid to annex the community’s land because of its rich mineral deposits.


The community in the petition made available to Vanguard recounted the recent episode of January 14, 2021, where two of its citizens were shot by the soldiers allegedly dispatched and an unfortunate Mr Ifeanyi Nwezi Chukwu was demobilized and abducted to Ebonyi state by the soldiers.

Ebonyi state commissioner for Information, Uchenna Orji, however, said that there was no abduction order by the state government and described it as a heinous allegation.

“What the Governor of Ebonyi state is doing is to create a legacy of road construction that will be mutually beneficial to these communities that have the same dialect,” Orji said.

READ ALSO:First batch of Russian Covid vaccine arrives in Iran

“The activities of these soldiers have completely grounded the economy and wellbeing of our clients who are predominately farmers. Our clients are afraid of going to their farms for fear of ever-present military men. We wish to put it on record that it appears your men are being used unlawfully to achieve expansionist ideas. We sincerely call on you to resist what is clearly illegal.

“Sometime in 2019, H.E Governor Dave Umahi commenced road construction passing deep into Enugu state territorial boundary. It is doubtful that any understanding was reached with the authority in Enugu state. On a similar note, military personnel from Abakaliki in Ebonyi state are deployed at Agu-Ugwu Mpu in Aninri local government area of Enugu State.

“The use of military personnel was also profoundly witnessed during the lockdown to arrest motorcyclists operating in Aniniri local government area. Most of the motorcycles impounded with the army personnel were taken to Abakaliki and are yet to be recovered,” Okpanku people alleged.



Watch Leakblast TV channel from around the world

Call Us:+234(0)9073726403
Get us on Whatsapp: +234(0)8181166425      
Email Us: editors@leakblast.com


Good  journalism costs a lot of money.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble Endeavor.

By contributing to LeakBlast, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Support LeakBlast


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here