By Nwanosike Onu, Awka
An unprecedented mayhem stares Awka, the capital of Anambra State, within the face until the state and federal governments take decisive actions to nip it within the bud. That is on account of the actions of some land speculators who’ve invaded the group with the intention of promoting lands with out the mandatory approvals.
Already, the hoodlums have mounted billboards providing on the market some plots of land on the government-approved structure within the state capital at N3 million per plot. Our correspondent gathered that the faceless land grabbers normally function at evening and have offered many plots of land to unsuspecting consumers with out the data of their homeowners or the leaders of the group.
The structure, often called Umuikenanunwa Communal Lands, is located at Okpala Uzo (Imeagu), Aguaba Format and Aguaba Forest Reserve in Umuayom village, Awka city, and the elders of the group, have referred to as on the brand new Govt Director, Finance, of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Security Company, NIMASA, Hon. Chudi Offodile, to come back to their support in his capability because the Chairman of the group’s Land Administration Committee. Offodile had changed Chief Dilim Okafor, who held the place for years and, based on the individuals, managed the lands effectively.
Our correspondent gathered that the elders in the neighborhood had positioned a curse on the brains behind the key sale of the group’s lands with out authorisation. In a chat with our correspondent, a 79-year-old elder of the group, George Offodile, mentioned no person had authorised anybody to promote their lands. He mentioned the leaders of the group had chosen to maintain quiet as a result of the federal government was concerned, including that the individuals of Awka had by no means been identified to be violent.
He mentioned: “We now have a effectively structured administration group appointed by the three sub households, particularly Ezedebe, Eghumeneghi and Okpalanwoshie, and headed by Hon. Chudi Offodile, who took over from Chief Dilim Okafor with energy of legal professional issued to them.
“So, what some undesirable components are doing is simply an try to trigger bother in our land. And the worst a part of it’s that they’re hiding to do it. We’re solidly behind the state authorities.”
For Hon. Chris Nweke Ndigwe, a 78-year-old pioneer state chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the structure at Aguaba was accepted and gazzetted by the state authorities in 1990. He mentioned the hoodlums had been a thorn within the flesh of Awka group for a few years, including that they selected to toe the road of peace, therefore the choice to not lay an ambush for them.
Ndigwe mentioned: “We’re working in tandem with the Anambra State Authorities on this matter. Awka group proper now’s extremely polarised due to some undesirable components. However we’re not going to again down.”
One other elder, Christian Ndife, the Secretary Basic of the Elders’ Council, advised The Nation that it was unlucky that a number of the younger individuals in the neighborhood don’t wish to do something to assist themselves aside from have interaction in land gross sales.
The 78-year-old elder statesman famous that the “legal components” had eliminated all of the beacons on the structure to deceive unsuspecting consumers.
One other elder in the neighborhood, 75-year-old Godwin Onyejiaka, additionally believed that some younger males in the neighborhood have been attempting to set it ablaze by their actions. He mentioned their choice to maintain quiet was not impelled by cowardice. Fairly, he mentioned, it was meant to provide peace an opportunity, notably as a result of the state authorities can be concerned within the structure.
A former chairman of the Land Administration Committee within the space, Chief Dilim Okafor, mentioned the worst a part of the actions of the hoodlums is that they promote a plot to as many as 4 individuals. “These miscreants have turn out to be terrors on this place and their actions have gotten insufferable,” he mentioned.
Authorities warns hoodlums
Following the actions of the faceless land grabbers, the Anambra State Authorities has warned them to desist or remorse their actions.
A former Commissioner for Lands, Okey Moka, had positioned a caveat emptor from the federal government, warning that solely the administration of the Land Committee headed by Offodile and the state’s authorities accepted surveyor are authorised to work in Aguaba Format.
He mentioned: “The Anambra State Ministry of Lands, Bodily Planning and Rural Improvement has famous with deep sense of concern and duty the spate of unlawful and ongoing land transactions at Aguaba Format, which have additionally prolonged to the Millennium Metropolis Format, a dream structure of the Anambra State Authorities, and aware of the overt penalties and implications of such disdainful acts, is warning the unwary and uninformed individuals which might be being deceived to accumulate parcels of land within the mentioned layouts.
“Aguaba Format, Awka, which shares a typical boundary with the Millennium Metropolis Format, was accepted by the Anambra State Authorities in 1990 with gazette quantity 29 Vol. 15 of two/8/1990 and has registered trustees whose statutory duty is to manage the mentioned scheme in keeping with the covenants of the gazette, wellbeing of the unique land homeowners and its occupants.
“Regrettably, unlawful land transactions and actions at Aguaba Format have tremendously dovetailed into the Millennium Metropolis Format and have consequently defaced a government-owned scheme and created a possible slum progress centre.
“The land speculators do that by partaking surveyors, who have been neither accepted by authorities nor authorised by the state’s Ministry of Lands to work at Aguaba Format.
“By this ugly deed, the state authorities is not going to fold its palms and watch the brazen impunity to the detriment of the structural plan of the Awka Capital Territory.
“The state authorities has additionally famous that plenty of uninformed individuals are being misled and deceived to illegally purchase parcels of land on the Millennium Metropolis Format and Aguaba Format statutorily designed for open areas, state stadium, colleges, roads, and many others.
“The defacement of those layouts by way of the actions of people with bigger than life perspective is able to distorting these schemes and producing group restiveness if unchecked.
“Most people is due to this fact warned to cease forthwith, all land transactions, negotiations, building/improvement on the parcels of land on the Millennium Metropolis and Aguaba Layouts that run counter to the approvals of the Anambra State Authorities.”
Already, the federal government has mandated the chairman of the board of trustees, Chief Dilim Okafor, to take full possession, management and administration of Aguaba Format in keeping with the covenants of the extant, gazette and trustee act. It additionally warned that the processing and issuance of title paperwork on parcels of land not in conformity with the federal government approvals at Aguaba Format and Millennium Metropolis wouldn’t be entertained.
The state authorities added that plans have been additionally on the concluding phases to implement improvement management measures and guarantee orderliness on the two layouts in Awka.
The Nation noticed that along with the federal government place on the mentioned layouts, the Umuike individuals who personal the mentioned lands had by way of their counsel, Prof Ilochi Okafor, SAN, warned that any one who had paid any cash to unauthorised family members or to any land administration committee aside from Umuike Household Land Committee, ought to go and get well their cash as a result of that they had been scammed.
The six-member Board of Trustees in the neighborhood is led by Chief Dilim Okafor, whereas the Land Administration Committee is led by the previous member of Home of Representatives, Chief Chudi Offodile. Different members embrace Sunday Mbadugha, Nwogu Nwonwu, Chukwudi Uchendu and Onwura Nnonyelu, to characterize the assorted households.
Each the BoT and administration committee have been inaugurated and have since resumed work.
Among the individuals who bought the land within the affected space advised our correspondent that they got the impression that it was the real homeowners of the land that offered to them.
The victims of the alleged fraudsters have threatened a showdown with the individuals they paid cash to, in the event that they have been finally pushed out of the lands by the true homeowners.