Community begrude Benue Land Commissioner over land tussle

Posted: April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
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As the MINDA -Ipusu crisis in Agboughul village, a suburb of Makurdi Metropolis lingers on, a group known as Mbaku Development Association has demanded an unreserved and immediate apology from the Commissioner for Land and Survey, Mr John Tondu .
The group claims the commissioner has indicted them as the people fueling the incessant land dispute that claimed many lives and property worth millions of Naira destroyed.

The Commissioner who had on the 4th April, 2012, appeared before the Benue State House of Assembly over the crisis, to explain why he is yet to demarcate the disputed area told the House that it was the Mbaku people who have frustrated all his efforts to bring peace to the affected area and stalled the demarcation work.
The Commissioner’s statement which was publicly aired on the state medium (Radio Benue) infuriated Mbaku and arising from an emergency meeting the group wondered why the same Commissioner who had earlier linked the persistent crisis to the inefficiency of the Police to maintain law and order in the affected area as well as the activities of land speculators would suddenly turn around and accused them who have never at any time interfer with the Land and Survey Ministry’s efforts.
The statement signed by the President of the association, Mr Gbakaan Moses and its Secretary Mr Moses Agber and made available to atiterkula, described the Commissioner’s action as a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of Mbaku people without any justification.
The Statement further read,” we want to stress that Mbaku people are not behind the crisis at Agbuoghul community and rather urge the Ministry to hasten up and complete the mega layout at the affectec area to curtail further crisis instead of politicizing the serious security challenge”.
Efforts by our correspondent to get the reaction of the Commissioner failed as he simply ignored call neither did bother to reply text messages sent in regard to the petition.

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