Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The people of Ajaji in Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta has decried the forceful acquisition of its community farmland by Northsworthy
Investment Limited and had appealed to the State Government to stop the company from further encroachment.
The appeal was conveyed in a statement signed by the head of the community; Diokpa Francis Chukwurah of Ajaji, which was made available to newsmen on Sunday in Asaba.
The people called on Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of the state and other well meaning Nigerians to intervene in the matter and to stop the company from invading their community farmland and wanton destruction of their cash crops.
According to Chukwurah, efforts made through peace protests to the project site and previous appeals by the community to stop the invasion failed.
He said that despite the peace protests, the company has sustained its tempo by destroying their farmlands and cash crops worth hundreds of million of Naira with its bulldozers.
He express worries that the company had to exploit the stay at home order of government occasioned by the Coronavirus to continue the destruction of many farm settlements and hundreds of hectares of farmland belonging to the natives and their tenants.
He said that the community had been subdued and made captives in their own land, adding that if nothing was done to check the excesses, the community would seek legal redress.
“Despite persistence peace protest by the Community, the company backed by armed soldiers have bulldozed thousands of hectares of her land for Oil Palm Production project.
“We are shocked that while Nigerians have been ordered to stay at home, in effort to check the Covid -19 pandemic, Northsworthy Investment Limited’s bulldozers have been wreaking havoc on law-abiding community.
“On daily basis, farmland and cash crops worth hundreds of millions of Naira are being destroyed by the company’s bulldozers.
“This glaring undeserved provocation is made worst by the declaration of the company officials that the soldiers have been ordered by the authority to shoot at sight any unauthorized person at the projects site.
“This is a bare -face oppression on a law-abiding community and if nothing is done, we intend to seek legal redress.
“We, therefore, appeal to all people of good conscience and Organisation as well as Delta State Government to speak out against this mindless invasion of our land,” Chukwurah said.
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