Anambra community cries over activities of criminal gangs, land grabbers
Umugama Village Ukwulu in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State has called on the security agents and government authority to save them from the Activities of a notorious criminal gang and land grabbers led by Philip Dilibe.
Speaking to the press, Peter Okoye who is the Chairman of Umugama Progressive Union, Ukwulu stated that for years now Mr. Philip Dilibe and his gang have been terrorizing the community despite several reports and complaint s to relevant security agencies including the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Okoye who led the entire community to register their displeasure at Anambra State Headquarters, Awka alledged that apart from intimidation, harassment, extortion, threat to life, Philip Dilibe and his gang have upped their activities into grabbing and selling of the community land and challenge anybody who would dare them.
He further alledged that Philip Dilibe engages unknown gunmen who guard those he engages in destroying their farm land and crops.
He lamented that his life and that of his people are being threatened on daily basis.
Okoye cited an example of the sad event of 25th February, 2022 where the gunmen engaged and led by Philip Dilibe shot and wounded two persons from his community but for the Swift intervention of the Police from Dunukofia Division more harms would have been inflicted on his people.
In the process the Police recovered one pump action gun, one Tundra vehicle and some surveying equipmens from the attacker.
He also accused Phillip Dilibe of collaborating with other land grabbers outside the community to sell the community land to prospective buyers without the concern and approval of the authorities of the community.
He further alledged that Philip Dilibe stock in trade is rush to the police as the complainant and later subvert and truncate the police investigation.
Okoye stated that Philip Dilibe who is not holding any position in the community at any level has made several attempt with his partner in crime to remove him as the Chairman of the Village, but his people resist him because they believed in his leadership style.
He also accused Philip Dilibe of hiring thugs from their neighbouring communities such as Enugwu-Agidi, Nawgu and Awkuzu and sponsoring them to stage violent protest against the Traditional Ruler of Ukwulu Kingdom, HRM Igwe Peter Uyanwa who has stood by the Village against the activities of Philip Dilibe, so as to cover and divert the attention of the public from his criminal activities.
Okoye therefore, wants Philip Dilibe to desist from his iglonoble attitude, noting that the accestors of the land are currently against him.
Okoye further averred that he believes in the ability of the Police to restore peace to his community.
Corroborating the Chairman, Mrs. Nonye Okeke, the village women leader, in her brief comment, appealed to the Police to sanction Philip Dilibe for peace to returned to the village.