Three members of a family in Amechi community, Awkunanaw Local Government Area of Enugu State have lost their lives over a land dispute.
The victims, Nnaemeka Agbo (alias Echidime), Sunday Nnamani, and Nnamani Ikpa were shot by an unidentified gunman on the 1st of
The disputed land lies directly opposite government-owned Millennium Estate, which is still under construction along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
It was gathered that a yet-to-be identified gunman shot and killed the young men on May 1, 2015 while they were on the said land.
It was learnt that the three men were part of a 15-man delegation sent by a faction of those laying claim to ownership of the land to undertake an on-the-spot inspection of the land and report back to the larger family.
It was also learnt that the two factions locked in the bloody dispute were from the same kindred – the Umuaniebo clan of Isiagu, Amechi, Uwani in Enugu South Local Government Area of the state.
The traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Joseph Aniebonam Ogbodo, had to cut short his overseas trip as a result of the development.
According to a source in the community, who did not wish to be named, the three families of the Umuaniebo clan, namely Umunwakum, Umunogo and Umunengene, jointly owned the disputed land and several others in various parts of the Enugu Capital Territory area, especially Achara and Independence layouts, and Awkunanaw.
The source said the Umunengenes suddenly turned round to claim exclusive ownership of the piece of land on which the fatal shootings took place.
The development pitted the Umunengenes against the two other families – the Umunwakums and Umunogos.
Throwing more light on the matter, a community leader, Chief Oliver Agbo, said events leading up to the killings were triggered when “certain elements on the other side began to clear the vast land in dispute, using caterpillars and bulldozers”.
“They claimed that they wanted to build an exclusive estate and may even have collected money from people as we learnt.
“We reported the development to our son and Mayor of Enugu South Local Government Area, Hon. Victor Agbo, whom we gathered promptly briefed the police authorities, upon which a stay-clear order was issued to all parties,” he added.
He further explained that on the day the men were shot and killed, the deceased were part of a larger team mandated by the Umunwakum and Umunogo families to visit the site to ascertain the level of compliance with the police directive.