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Published On: Fri, Aug 28th, 2020

Land dispute: Suspended Monarch urges Police arrest rival over killing of 13 persons

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From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

Suspended paramount ruler of Edikwu land in Apa Local Government Area of Benue state, Chief Ada Ochekwu has accused his rival, Chief David Otokpa of arming militia to torment the people of the community.
Chief Ochekwu who spoke to newsmen in Makurdi yesterday, alleged that Chief Otokpa was behind the recent killing of 13 persons in the community and urged the police to arrest him.
“He is the one keeping and arming the militia that is tormenting the village. In 2014, they even burnt my house and chased me out of the community even though I am the Chief that is recognized by the Idoma Traditional Council.
“I took the matter to court and the courts also gave me victory but as I speak with you I am residing outside the community so how could I have been masterminding the attacks.
“When that attack happened some two(2) weeks ago, the police arrested and detained me for seven days for an incident I knew nothing about, but I know I will get justice,” he added.
Recall that Edikwu land has been embroiled in a protracted chieftaincy stool dispute for over a decade leading to intermittent attacks and killings in the community.
After the recent attack that claimed 13 lives, the state government summarily issued an order suspending the two(2) main contenders to the stool of Alegwu of Edikwu, Chief Ochekwu and Chief Otokpa.

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