Obiano’s Demolition leaves 1 Dead, 10 in Coma, Others in Shock

by on July 16, 2016
The marking of 500 dif­ferent houses for dem­olition in Ugwuachalla Ikenga village, Ogidi, Idemili North local government area of Anambra State by officials of the Anambra State Physi­cal Planning Board (ANSPPB) has sent a middle aged woman (names withheld) to her un­timely grave even as 10 oth­ers went into coma when the officials stormed the area yes­terday.
The shock was too much on her and she sim­ply slumped and died while others in shock like her were rushed to the hospital.
The said officials stormed the area with armed po­licemen and local vigilante groups who gave them pro­tection as they embarked on marking the houses for dem­olition.
It was gathered that in eve­ry marked house, the owner would be forced to sign a re­moval/demolition order letter signed by the Executive Sec­retary of ANSPPB, Mr Ben Nwafor, notifying them that they have 14-days to remove whatever structure they put in the said area.
An octogenarian who was also served the order, Chief Aniebuka Okafor said, “My father was born here and I grew up here. Are they trying to take our natural inheritance by force without pre-notice?
“I developed high blood pressure (HBP) when I re­ceived the letter telling me to remove my house from the land. How can the govern­ment that is to protect us re­solve to kill us? About 10 of us were in coma when we were handed the letter. The gover­nor should come to our rescue”.
Speaking, Mr Paul Okoye expressed surprise over the manner they stormed the area adding that “we have lived here a long time after our forefathers.
“We thought they were the dreaded Islamic religious sect, Boko Haram, because of the manner they were ordering us to sign the document and to ensure we vacate the area within 14 days”.
Contributing, another man who had HBP, Mr Sam­uel Okoye hinted that “my fa­ther, Okoye Mozie was the first to live here in 1709. We even own the land up to the stadium. I slumped yesterday in the presence of the officials and I am just from the hospi­tal. A woman died when they came and told her to pack out within 14 days”.
Their counsel, Barrister Pat Agbata said, “the presi­dent general of the commu­nity is not aware of this inva­sion; the people are supposed to be carried along. They should expect more deaths because the people are being ejected from their natural in­herited land”.
When contacted, the ex­ecutive secretary of ANSP­PB said, the land measuring about 500 plots were ear­marked for stadium develop­ment but because government did not commence its devel­opment earlier, the people started selling the land.
According to him, Gov­ernor Willie Obiano through the Sports Ministry ordered for the demolition of the structures they put in there.

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