ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
It was black monday for residents of Gadumo and 200 communal estate in the outskirts of Lokoja the kogi state capital as an early morning violent clash in which dangerous weapons were freely deployed left a fresh HND graduate IShaq Mohammed dead which three other persons sustained various degrees of alleged gunshots and matchets cut
It was learnt that the crisis which started in 2013 over parcel of land got to a head when youths from both sides on the order of their masters engaged each other in a free for all.
It was also gathered that the deceased who is in his early 20’s was the younger brother of the Madaki of 200 housing unit Alhaji Abdulsalam Muhammed who had filed series of petition stopping the other community from encroaching into their land.
Meanwhile Alhaji Alhassan who is the chairman of the 200 Housing Community accused the Prince of Gadumo community Suru Adama Dauda and his father the Etsu Ankuri of Gadumo Chief Adama Dauda of masterminding the attack,
He said their boys were working on a community site, when some boys fully armed with guns, cutlasses under the instruction of Prince Suru and his father allegedly attacked their youths which led to the death of Ishaq Mohammed who was waiting for his NYSC call up letter.
Alhaji Alhassan while briefing the press amidst sobbing lamented that the death of their promising son has created untold sadness across the entire community.
According to him “This is not the first time they have been trespassing on our land. They have their own boundary, but they insist they must take our own land for their own selfish interest.
” They destroyed so many things. They shot at Mohammed at the back, and we also saw that three others were down with serious injuries. One of our boys immediately alerted the Police, to come to our rescue.
“.We immediately rushed Mohammed to the Kogi State Specialist Hospital, but he eventually gave up the ghost. The three others who sustained injuries, are currently admitted in an undisclosed hospital.
” We reported the case to the C division Nigeria Police Force Lokoja, and the currently doing their investigation to bring the perpetuators to book. All we need is that justice must prevail. Who ever that is behind this heinous act must face the full wrath of the law no matter how influential that person may be in the State”. He added
Explaining further community leader noted that the community had through their counsel on 17th July 2018 petitioned the police and other security agencies over the accused illegal dealings in land related matter despite earlier receiving a court judgment dated April 11th 2018 which according to him went in their favor.
He called on the state government to intervene, stressing that, the communal clash between both communities has been for over many years with devastating effect.
In his reaction, the Etsu Ankuri of Gadumo Chief Adama Dauda who spoke through one of his subject Abubakar Isah denied the attack. The monarch dismissed the allegation of a court judgement ceding the parcel of land to them and the insinuations that Prince Suru Adama Dauda is on the run were false.
According to him, ” We didn’t not send any body to attack 200 housing community people. May be it was a miss up somewhere. On the court case I heard they spoke about, it not about who is in control of the land but is about title. ” 200 housing unit is just an estate created by former governor of Kogi State Late Prince Abubakar Audu and not a community.
“That area belongs to us. They have been destroying properties and land we allocated for people who intend to put structure. We are the owner of that land and they are just tenant. Go and check the history, and you will see that for your self”. He stated.
Efforts to speak with the Police public’s relation officer William Aya to confirm the incident hit brick walls as all his lines were switched off but a senior Police officer who do not want his name to be mentioned said he traveled out on official assignment.