10 January 2013

Nigeria: Youths, Delta Community Leader On War Path Over Sale of Land

Warri — There is confusion in Ugbuwangue community in Warri, Delta State, as hundreds of indigenes of the community, yesterday, challenged the right of one of their leader, Pa. Agindotan Yonwuren to allegedly sell part of their market to a politician without their knowledge.

The people also queried him for allotting part of the land to some of his children while leaving out others in the community, saying that it was a community land owned by all.

Pa. Agindotan, who told the protesters that he had the right to dispose of the land as a leader, said he gave out the land as a gift to the said politician, who later returned same to him on the grounds that he had no need for it, adding that the politician told him to do whatever he pleased with the land which was why he developed the land.

The explanation angered the protesters further, who went on rampage destroying all structures allegedly built on the land illegally.

One of Pa. Agindotan's sons, who some of the angry protesters said had erected a storey building for his wife on the land, allegedly mobilized two truck loads of mobile policemen to the community to arrest some key players in the protest. After explaining the true situation of things to the team of policemen, the protesters were let off the hook while the complainant was whisked away to safety.

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