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Widows, Other Residents Cry Out Over Demolition Of Their Ancestral Homes in Enugu

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Residents and natives of Uzamu Isinomeh, Emene Nike in Enugu East Council  Area of Enugu State, among them widows,  have raised the alarm over the demolition of their buildings   including ancestral  homes by the Enugu State Government.

The victims, including one Ezinne Blessing Nkemjurum Oguike,  a widow and Octogenarian  told journalists that some persons, suspected to be officials from the Government House, Ministry of lands and Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority ordered the demolition of their homes.

Mrs Oguike, who hails  from Imo State, South East Nigeria  and spoke through his son, Chukwuebuka Oguike, said that they acquired the land, which they have been using since over 62 years ago, from the ancestral owners of the land before the Akanu Ibiam International Airport was  even built.

She claimed that they were not given any vacation notice or any notice of acquisition of the land by the government before the demolition exercise took place on Monday, 29th April, 2024, claiming that they have lost over 500 million naira to the demolition.

Mrs Oguike further  stated that a former governor of the state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had after listening to their explanations on the real owners of the land , urged them to go and do necessary documentations on the land.

She noted that after filing the necessary papers for the grant of C of O over the land, her request was approved by the Governor, which approval was communicated to her via a letter dated 20/02/2024.  She further stated that she paid the assessed C of O fees of #5,832,120.12 (Five Million, Eight hundred and thirty-two thousand, twelve Kobo into the Enugu State IGR and obtained receipt but was not issued with the C of O on the ground that there was order from above to stop issuance.

The elderly woman said they have documents to prove that the land does not belong to government as they acquired the land from the rightful owners who inherited same from their forefathers.

Another widow and native of Uzamu Isinomeh,  Mrs Eunice Agbo , whose ancestral  home was also demolished said that after the death of her husband in1979, she took out time to get a photocopy of a map from the Archives showing her late husband, Innocent  Agbo,   as the owner of the Ishi Nome land.

She stated that she made efforts to get the Certificate of Occupancy from ministry of land but was told that  it was not necessary because the land is their ancestral land.

The widows therefore appealed to the State Government to wade into the matter to stop them from becoming tenants or evicted from their ancestral/acquired land/ home.

“They have been disturbing me since my husband died. My husband died in 1979 and since then they have been disturbing me.

“I have gone to the ministry of lands and archives to make inquiries and it was confirmed that the land belongs to my husband. I have a photocopy of the  survey map of the area from the archives where the name of my husband Innocent Agbo was written as the owner of the land.” She lamented.

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