Anambra women protest alleged land-grabbing by monarch

Anambra women protest

Scores of women  from Umunya in the Oyi Local Government  Area of Anambra State on Monday  protested at Government House in  Awka against  the traditional ruler of the area, Igwe Kris Onyekwuluje, over alleged intimidation and land-grabbing.

 They accused the monarch of  indiscriminate arrest of their sons and husbands over  the community’s  land.

The protesters claimed that no fewer than five persons had  been detained by police on the  monarch’s instructions, while  some  male adults of the community had fled the area to avoid arrest.

Spokesman  for the community, Obed Nweke,  implored the governor to intervene and save them from  further harassment  by  Onyekwuluje.

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He  said the  problem started in 2015 when the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing gave the community  a piece of land as compensation  for their land it acquired for a project.

The protesters  claimed  the monarch had been selling  the land.

Their address to the governor read in part, “For three weeks running, our people are been hounded, attacked,  detained and unjustly victimised for daring to stop unknown trespassers and illegal land speculators   from the  land belonging to the community.

“We  once again appeal to you, as the chief security officer of the state, to use your good offices to caution Igwe Kris Onyekwuluje.

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“Direct the Commissioner of Police to order the DPO of Oyi Division to respect our dignity and freedom as citizens of Nigeria.

“Set up a commission of inquiry  to investigate our allegations.”

Governor Willie Obiano,  who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Chukodi Anarah, assured the community that he would  intervene in  the matter.

Obiano said, “We’ll reach the monarch and get his own side of the story and  ensure that justice is seen  to be done on this issue.”

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