Urgent Call By Non-Indigenous Landlords In Umuebule Community In Igweocha:

Urgent Call For Intervention:

Landlords and tenants in Umuebule community in Igweocha (Rivers state), Biafraland, are seriously calling for the urgent intervention of the Rivers State Governor, Barrister Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike, Human Rights Organisations amongst others, to immediately intervene in the forceful demolition exercise embarked on in the community. The exercise affects residential homes, shops as well as confiscation of landed properties by the new leadership of the community. The aforementioned properties were legitimately acquired from the paramount ruler of Umuebule, His Royal Highness (HRH) late Eze Sunday Njoku and other indigenes, years ago.

The current leadership of the community under His Royal Highness (HRH) James Chisom Nwagwu (Ochimba 1), has embarked on anti-non indigenous land owners especially the Igbos who legally bought and developed those properties from the former paramount ruler, to either re-purchase them or stand the risk of outright dispossession/demolition. As of the time of filing in this report, it was reliably gathered that the demolition exercise embarked on by the community youths commenced since Thursday 16th January, 2020. These community youths are being escorted in this dastardly act by men of the Nigerian police force stationed in Umuebule and officers drawn from Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), who are equally arresting their victims. Pictorial evidences were taken for the public to see the level of barbarism and wickedness being meted on the properties owners.

Increased investigations are on by Family Writers Press International, to really ascertain the root cause of this act by the new leadership of Umuebule community against law abiding non-indigenous properties owners. There is also this information that Umuebule had earlier before now, dragged Okrika community to Customary Court in it’s reclamation bid over a plantation area stretching from Omoh junction to water fronts. The community was awarded victory over Okrika community in that instance. The current Umuebule leadership now feels emboldened and is therefore using the opportunity to demolish structures not only in the plantation area, but other properties beyond. More demolitions according to information gathered, will take place from Monday 3rd February 2020.

Concerned authorities have to immediately intervene to avert the escalation of wanton destruction of people’s properties and even lost of life in Umuebule community. This wave of unwarranted lawlessness and oppression by the new leadership under HRH Eze James Chisom Nwagwu (Ochimba 1), must not be allowed to continue.

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