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Dennis Agbo immediately after the incident

Enugu-based journalist, Dennis Agbo, narrowly escaped a violent attack alongside four others on Sunday in Neke community, Isi-uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.


Agbo, a reporter for Vanguard in Enugu, had organized four laborers to clear a farmland in Ugwuokwunele Umuaram, Ikem, only to discover illegal constructions on the land upon arrival.

As they attempted to ascertain the owners, a group of about ten youths pounced on them, subjecting them to severe beatings.

“They kidnapped us with the two motorcycles we went there with. They took another Ikem person to their village in Neke. They now mobilized over 300 boys who were fully armed with all sorts of weapons including charms. They said they will kill us.

“At the end of the day they decided to set us free. They said we should go and tell our people that they are prepared for war with our people. One of them, Sunday Ekwu, was the one who negotiated for our release.

“I was seriously beaten. One of us is already in the hospital because his eye was badly damaged. They seized some of our personal belongings including phones, wheelbarrows and other items. We were held hostage for more than three hours. My head and other parts of my body are full of bruises,” he explained.

Agbo who revealed that the attack has been reported to the Police insisted that the land in question belongs to his family, adding that his late Uncle had lived his entire life there and was buried in the same place.

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