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Enugu Communities Demand Proper Allocation Of Returned Land By Enugu Government

The people of Otukwu and Amechi villages in Emene Nike, Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State have drawn the attention of the state government to the wrong allocation of Akani land to an individual rather than the communities.

This is the sequel to the restoration of lands that were acquired by the government without the approval of the state governor to their original owners.

In a press release jointly signed on behalf of the communities by Chief Ikechukwu Okolo, Livinus Okwor, and Michael Okwor, they insisted that Akani land which measures 197.8 hectares was used in various capacities as it is their ancestral land.

They also stated that when the land was to be returned to the community, the new commissioner for Lands in Enugu State, Chidi Aroh, erroneously handed the land over to Igwe Felix Ugwu, the traditional ruler of Emene community.

"We reiterate that Akani land which measures appropriately 197.8 hectares forms part of the land which steps were taken to revoke. Before this, Amechi and Otukwu villages were served with a Revocation Notice dated 19th April 2021 with reference no respect to the said notice.

"The Akani land is Amechi and Otukwu farmland which they inherited from their forbearers. The two villages have had the land, farming and equally leasing same to tenants from time immemorial just like other villages in Emene.

"Indeed, Igwe Felix Ugwu is in court as a plaintiff contesting joint ownership with Amechi and Otukwu villages in suit No E/478/2021 (Chief Felix Ugwu and others vs Chief John Okwor and others).

"This suit is an implicit admission that the Amechi and Otukwu are owners in possession but Felix Ugwu is seeking from the court as declaratory order of joint ownership.

"On this, we sincerely want to thank and appreciate, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the governor of Enugu State for restoring and returning the Akani land but only state that our ancestral Akani land goes and reverts rightfully to the indigenous owners and not Igwe Felix Ugwu."

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