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Nigerian Army Demolishes Enugu Property in Dispute

The Nigerian Army has sparked outrage after demolishing a property in Enugu on Friday, May 10th, 2024. The land, claimed by Citizen Nana Ogbodo, was reportedly seized by soldiers who argued it was acquired by the military during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970).

According to residents, the demolition occurred despite a pending court case regarding ownership. Mrs. Roseline Okoye, who occupied the house, stated that soldiers prevented her from removing her belongings.

This incident follows an earlier report from Sahara Reporters on May 9th, which detailed the army’s plan to confiscate the property. A civil rights group, the Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN), had petitioned the Ministry of Defence to intervene on Ogbodo’s behalf.

The demolition has ignited criticism of the military’s actions. Many question the legality of seizing property decades after the war, particularly while a court case is ongoing.

This is a developing story, and further details regarding the justification for the demolition and the status of the court case are awaited.

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