AIG orders investigation in Delta communal clash

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The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 5 Benin, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed, has ordered investigations into the crisis that rocked Idumuje-Ugboko community in Aniocha local government area of Delta State over the setting up a Sports University.

Several properties and vehicles were said to have been burnt in the community by persons allegedly against the building of the institution by a former member of the House of Representatives, Prince Ned Nwoko.

The order was issued after police operatives from Zone 5 carried out on the spot assessment of destruction of properties in the communities.

At a meeting with the warring factions in Benin City, the AIG warned them to embrace peace pending outcome of the investigation.

It was gathered that hoodlums torched properties belonging to supporters of the former lawmaker in the community.

The crisis was reportedly caused by vast hectares of land that was approved by the late traditional ruler of Idumuje-Ugboko, Obi Albert Nwoko 111 and elders of the community for the building of the Sports University.

Proprietor of the University, Prince Ned Nwoko who spoke to newsmen in Benin City accused his cousins of instigating the crisis in their bid to stop the smooth take off of the university.

Nwoko said he genuinely acquired the plots of lands and a Memorandum of Understanding reached with the late Obi and the community.

He said, “I am building it for the people of my village, local government, State and Nigerians.  It is only a foolish man that would not understand whether a university of this nature will be built.

“It is the first of its king in Nigeria and probably in the whole of West Africa”.

“We have 90 hectares of land, but, NUC said 100 hectares in its guidelines. We have prepared the master plan and signed (MoU), with the community where the project is established. The land forms 40% equity contribution of the people of ldumuye-Ugboko, but, there is a clause that if the land is not utilized within five years for the purpose that it was applied for, it will revert to the community back.”

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