June 15, 2024

Land dispute: Enugu journalist, Agbo, four others escape death

Mr Dennis Agbo, a journalist based in Enugu State, was on Sunday brutally attacked by armed youths allegedly from Neke community in Isi-uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Agbo, who reports for Vanguard in Enugu, told journalists that he had mobilized four labourers to clear a farmland located at Ugwuokwunele Umuaram in Ikem in the same local government area, but on getting to the location, he discovered that some people had occupied the land.

He said that while he was still trying to find out the owners of one of the houses, about ten boys who were mobilized to the scene, descended on them, beating them to stupor.

“They kidnapped us with the two motorcycles we went there with. They took another Ikem person to their village in Neke. They now mobilized over 300 boys who were fully armed with all sorts of weapons including charms. They said they will kill us.

“At the end of the day they decided to set us free. They said we should go and tell our people that they are prepared for war with our people. One of them, Sunday Ekwu, was the one who negotiated for our release.

“I was seriously beaten. One of us is already in the hospital because his eye was badly damaged. They seized some of our personal belongings including phones, wheelbarrows and other items. We were held hostage for more than three hours. My head and other parts of my body are full of bruises,” he explained.

Agbo who revealed that the attack has been reported to the police, insisted that the land in question belongs to his family, adding that his late Uncle had lived his entire life there and was buried in the same place.

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