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Scuffle Over Land Takes One Life in Ibusa

Security-Nigeria - Uche Okonji, 23, resident of Umudafe quarters in Ibusa, Oshimili North Local Government of Delta State lost his life recently when murderers arrived the family house and ordered him to surrender the proceeds of a land deal to them or be killed. The victim was shot dead right in the presence of his father, a musician. The incident shook the community to its origin as no fewer than four houses were burnt to ashes. Emmanuel Okonji, alias Agility, the father of the victim, however exonerated his son from the said land deal proceed. He explained that his son, Uche, was killed because he threatened to expose those involved in the illegal sale of community land.

Following the death of the youth, some of his friends who identified the killers, retaliated by setting their houses ablaze. Properties worth millions of naira were destroyed by the irate youths who protested the horrible killing of their colleague.

Apart from Okonji's case, there are other land matters in Delta State that have become source of worry not only to the government but also to innocent people who mostly become victims of clashes.


Daily Independent/23/03/2011


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