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Three persons wounded as Enugu communities clashed over sand excavation site

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Three persons have been feared wounded after a crisis erupted at a sand excavation site in Oduma, Aninri Local Area of Enugu State.

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Confirming the incidence on Tuesday, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Enugu State Command, Denny-Manuel Iwuchukwu said the excavation site is located at Ohafia-Oduma owned by three autonomous communities of Obuno, Ama-Nkanu and Ezinato.

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He said personnel of the NSCDC have already been deployed to the scene to forestall further escalation and loss of lives.

The NSCDC spokesperson described the activities of sand excavators in the area as criminal stressing that the land belongs to government.

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Iwuchukwu called on traditional rulers and town union presidents in the various communities to call their youths to order.

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“Today being Wednesday, January 5, there is a serious crisis in Aninri. We’ve got the report promptly, about the problem between sand excavators. Unfortunately, they are all engaging in illegality. Because sand excavation is controlled by the government, but these are excavating sand there. And we don’t know what happened. They disagreed among themselves and they started fighting themselves. As I’m talking to you, some persons have been injured with machetes, and other dangerous weapons”. It is most unfortunate”.

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“The communities are Obuno, Ama-Nkanu and Ezi-Nato. But the spot where the thing is happening now is at a community called Ohafia in Oduma, Aninri Local Government. And we have deployed our men there to control the situation and to make sure that further damages were not done. And we want to caution all those involved, that they should give peace a chance. Whatever is their problem, they should give peace a chance”.

“I want to call on the traditional rulers of the communities, the president general to step up action and caution their youths against this act of hooliganism and lawlessness. It does not do anyone any good. All of us should cohabit peacefully. The sand they are dragging for is actually property of the government. They are doing it illegally. Security agents have not catch up with them for doing it. And instead of them to behave like thieves and take the thing and go away, they are creating a scene. And we’re not going to spare anyone caught in that act. At the end of the day, if our men dispatched there make arrests, we’ll investigate them fully and we will charge them to court when investigation is concluded.

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“I want to call on the communities to ensure that there’s peace in their domain. Peace is the principal thing. Without peace, there cannot be economic development” he added.

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