Read Why 3 Rivers State Communities Are Protesting Against The Nigerian Army
Residents of 3 Rivers state communities on Wednesday, January 18, staged a major protest against the Nigerian Army for allegedly grabbing over 500 hectares of farmland belonging to them.
Representatives of the Elele Alimini, Obelle communities in Emohua Local Government Area and Elele in Ikwerre LGA, told newsmen that the army used intimidation and force to appropriate the farmlands.
According to the Punch, residents of the aggrieved communities barricaded the Elele Army Barracks in protest on Wednesday to demand the release of the land, lamenting that their farming activities had been greatly affected.
They also called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate and the House of Representatives to intervene and compel the Army to vacate the over 500 hectares of farmland.
Chairman of the Council of Chiefs of Elele Alimini, Chief Chibuike Dike, said the people of the areas were worried about the activities of the military.
Dike said, “The problem is that the army barracks in our land have abandoned our boundary and encroached on our land. They are not meant to take our land by force.
“If they need land, they should negotiate with the people. They have taken over 500 hectares of land. That place is our farmland. We want them to leave our land.”
Dike added that the Rivers state communities would not rest in their agitation until justice was done on the matter.