Land crisis: community seeks removal of commission’s chair

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THE people of Ibagwa-Nike community in Enugu East council of Enugu State, has pleaded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to reconsider the appointment of Mr. Albert Edoga as the chairman of the Judiciary Commission of Inquiry on Ibagwa Nike crisis.

It would be recalled that Ugwuanyi, recently, set up a Judiciary Commission of Inquiry to look into the land crisis rocking the community with a view to providing a lasting solution to the issue.

But the Ibagwa Nike General Assembly in letter to Governor Ugwuanyi dated October 27 2015, raised serious objection against the chairman of the commission, Edeoga, whom they alleged has vested interest in the land crisis.

In the letter signed by ten prominent leaders of the community, including Chief Anike Nwoga and Engr. Cyril Mbah, the people alleged that Edoga, who is a former commissioner for lands in the state, contributed in no small measure to the problem of the community in the area of land allocation.

Part of the petition reads: “When he was the commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Barrister Edeoga, on many occasions, connived with Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu to disposes individuals and families of their land in the name of government acquisition.”
The petitioners alleged that the Gateway Layout was a clear case, where individuals and families were dispossessed of their land.

They further noted: “Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu, realised that he cannot have access to the land without resistance, ran to Edoga, and all manner of government machinery was deployed to forcefully take over peoples patrimony.”

They pleaded that the governor composed the commission with people, who have no immediate or remote attachment to any of the issues in the community.

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