Septuagenarian Beheaded Over Boundary Dispute in Anambra


David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

A 73- year-old man, identified as Mr. Obidiah Nwanegbo Eliaku, of Akuzor in idemili North Local government area of Anambra State has been found dead in his farmland.

His body was found in his farm without its head and was alleged to have been beheaded as a result of a boundary dispute between Akuzor and Oze village in Nkwelle -Ezunaka in Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

Akuzor village leaders, working on the suspicion that Eliaku may have been murdered as a result of the dispute between her and her neighbours have petitioned the Inspector General of police and the state Commissioner of police over the matter.

The petition by their counsel, S.O Chukwukelu, called on the police authority to wade in and conduct a thorough investigation into the matter to avoid a breakdown of law and order.

THISDAY gathered that previously, the state deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, who is the chairman of the state Boundary Adjustment Committee, had settled the matter between the two villages, where he directed the secretary to send letters to the warring parties, which was yet to be done.

The petition was titled, “Urgent need for a written communication to be made to the concerned communities and security agencies over your decision of 18th July, 2017, with respect to the boundary dispute between Akuzor village Nkpor in Idemili North LGA and Oze village Nkwelle -Ezunaka in Oyi LGA of Anambra State and also need for the said decision to be gazetted as a matter of urgency”

According to the petition, “It is our clients specific instruction that despite the decision of the state boundary Committee of 18 July, 2017, between Oze village, Nkwelle Ezunaka in Oyi LGA and Akuzor village Nkpor in idemili LGA, some miscreants, mischief makers and unscrupulous members of Oze still go about in total disobedience to your lawful order and decision.

“They continue to mislead the general public and security agencies with the previous belated letter which was mistakenly written by the secretary of the Committee to the Communities concerned over the matter.

“We want you to use your good office to caution the people of Oze to desist forthwith from acts that will likely cause breach of peace and threat to security of Anambra State.”

Akuzor further called for a fresh letter that would reflect the true position of things as highlighted above to the concerned communities and security agencies, so as to prevent the natural consequences of the former letter which was nothing but the reintroduction of the long forgotten principle of state of anarchy and survival of the fittest in the state.