There is an uneasy calm now in Achara community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu state as no fewer than 100 members of the community are protesting a perceived illegal sale of their communal land by some indigenes of the community.
It was gathered that a section of the community led by one Mr. Augustine Alumona, a factional chairman, Achara Land Investigation Panel, indicted the land committee led by his elder brother, John Alumona, of illegal sale of the communal land by a committee set up by Achara community in 2008 which had refused to hand over even after the expiration of their four year tenure.
It was also gathered that the two brothers, Augustine and John Alumona are now locking horns over who is leading the authentic land committee of Achara community.
One of the arrow heads in the crisis, Augustine Alumona informed our reporter that the investigation panel which he is the chairman was set up by Achara community to investigate the Achara Land Committee headed by his elder brother, John Alumona for arbitrary and illegal sales of the community land.
According to investigation, Augustine’s committee indicted the John Alumona led committee and subsequently dissolved John’s committee in 2012, but John and his committee has continued to function in the same office.
“The John Alumona led committee members have refused to give up but continued to sell our communal land without the consent of the community,” Augustine stated.
That was the reason why elders and youths of Achara decided to carry out the protest, he added.
“Our anger with this cabal is that they have continued to enrich themselves at the expense of the community, these people after serving as members of Achara land committee since 2008 have not rendered their stewardship to elders who appointed them.
“Enough is enough, the community can no longer watch a group of people selling its land”, Augustine fumed.
The spokesman of the group said the youths of the community were not happy because, “if this cabal finished selling all the land we would have no place to build our own houses.
“You can see that the majority of protesters are youths and old men, they are not happy with this land cabal in the community,” a young man said.
However, John Alumona has continued to maintain that he has the power of attorney of the community to remain in office until the land issue between Achara community and the Nigerian Army is decided.
His position, “I, Barr. Ejiofor Onah and Barr. Julius Ozioko were given power of attorney by the community to handle the Army Barracks Land case until the matter is decided.
Addressing the protesters, the Chairman of Nsukka LGA, Mr. Charles Ugwu, commended the people of Achara for being peaceful and promised to look into the matter so that the problem would be resolved amicably.
“I commend you all for conducting yourselves in a peaceful manner. I urge you all to remain calm as government will promptly look into this matter so as to resolve this matter peacefully, “he said.

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