Residents of Abba, Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Police Service Commission (PSC) to rescue them from the Inspector General of Police (IG) and his “foot soldiers”.
The petition was signed by the President-General B. C. Anaekwe and Secretary-General Ernest Udedibia.
The community has been in turmoil because of the alleged invasion of its land by Ukpo community, using the police to harass and intimidate youths, elderly and women.
However, the community has vowed not to allow anybody or group take over its land by force, unless, according to it, the court permits that.
The petition was copied to the National Security Adviser to the President, the Chief Justice of the Federation and other relevant bodies.
The community said the IG should channel his strength to finding lasting solution to Boko Haram insurgence, kidnappings and herdsmen issues rather than engaging himself in “abetting and aiding illegal boundary demarcations”.
The petition reads: “Abba community has been under police siege in the last one month. Precisely on June 19 and July 5, the police commissioner, on the orders of the Inspector General of Police (IG), mobilised over 500 policemen to stop our people from trading at the Oye Abba market at Abba Junction, on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
“The IG also directed the commissioner to ensure that Abba people are not allowed into the market again, with a command to mobilise the forces under his command to deal ruthlessly with the people should they resist the forceful takeover of their land by Ukpo community.
“What we are asking is when has the job of providing security by the police changed to land dispute settlement and boundary demarcation? Abba Community is calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, the International Community and concerned Nigerians to know what we are experiencing and save us from total extinction from our land. The desperation and brigandage employed by Ukpo Community and involvement of the police in this land matter is what we cannot understand.
“The land is not running away, it is still there, so if in the end the court says it belongs to them, we will accept the decision. But we shall resist anything in the contrary aimed at forcefully and illegally taking over of our inheritance from us. We pray for peace to reign in Nigeria as we have more than enough security challenges facing us.”
Anambra police spokesman Mohammed Haruna said he would not make any comments until the petition was served his command.