On Sunday, 20th July, 2014, attempt by some persons from Ikuru town to forcefully enter and clear with bulldozer parts of the territory of Asukama community was met with resistance by Asukama people, who came out in their number to protest.
The incident has generated tension between the two communities in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
From information gathered, the two communities may be locked in an internecine warfare any time if efforts are not made to settle the matter as one Chief Aaron Ikuru, paramount ruler of Ikuru town, was said to have boasted that he would use the connections of theirs sons: the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru; the National Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus; and the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Gogo Levi Charles; to ensure the Asukama land is taken over by Ikuru town and Asukama are dealt with.
The Federal Government, we gathered, awarded contract for the establishment of technical and vocational college to be sited at Ikuru town. The contract afforded the Ikuru people the opportunity to subtly extend their territory under the guise of sitting a development project for the people of the area, and for which any protest emerging from any other community would be tagged ant-Federal Government thereby deploying Federal might to deal with such community.
Watchers of events have asked several unanswered questions such as “is Rivers State Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Tele Ikuru still loyal to his cousin, Prince Uche Secondus or Governor Amaechi?.
The question is apt because Prince Uche Secondus, we reliably gathered, was instrumental to the award of the contract for the proposed college by the Federal Government.
The Asukama people have however vowed to defend their territory with their lives even though they have nobody in government because they were not consulted nor their permission sought for the use of the land.
They accused Prince Uche Secondus of staying put in Abuja to direct the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Chief Lawson R. Ikwut, and Mr. Gogo Levi Charles as cannon fodders or foot soldiers to annex other people’s land to create bad image for the government knowing fully well that this a democratic and not military era.
They are worried that Ikuru town has more than enough land but still want to take the little belonging to them. The Asukama people called on the Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chubuike Amaechi to come to their aid and save their lives and community.
Some other neighbouring communities expressed similar sentiments with displeasure that Ikuru town alone has both Deputy Governor and Commissioner, and now wants to take all the lands in that part of Andoni LGA.
According to them, good conscience and justice must prevail and they must team up to stop Ikuru town’s encroachment.