By: Our reporter, Delta state
The officer in-charge of operations in the Delta State Security Services (SSS) Asaba, one Mr. Chinedu was alleged to have used his position to manhandled one Mr. Maxwell Okonkwo Ezechie over a controversial land in Okpanam, Oshimili North Local Government Area.
The controversial land which was alleged to have belonged to Ezechie’s family measuring 40 x 100 located at Akwaukwa area near Asaba International Airport was sold to one Mr. Paul Ezediuno on the 4th January, 2012 at the cost of N400, 000.00.
According to Maxwell Ezechie, while he was at home in Okpanam, a neighbouring town to Asaba, he saw Mr. Chukwumerije who identified himself as SSS officer alleging that the land he sold to Ezediuno was sold to him by one Mr. Diamond in 2007 and ever since, has not gotten time to go to the site.
It was learnt that sequel to the controversy on the land both parties were invited to the SSS office for clarification. On arrival, Ezechie was meant to tender documents related to the land which he did. But surprisingly, after tendering the document, the O/C Operations seeing that they were not making headway on their mission, he forcefully seized the photo and original copies of the documents related to the land to enable his colleague (Chukwumerije) reclaim the land in question.
Mr. Maxwell also said the O/C operations quickly authorized his boys to torture him where he sustained injuries on his body. “During the manhandling, under gun point in the office of the O/C operations, I (Maxwell) was meant to sign under taken under duress to refund N400, 000 to Paul Ezediuno to enable the SSS officer Chukwumerije forcefully reclaim the land”.
Speaking to our correspondent on the issue, Mr. Paul Ezediuno who said he leaves in No.7, Ezenei Street confirmed he bought the said land from Maxwell Ezechie with receipt and other documents issued to him.
According to him, at the SSS office after much questions and explanations, photo and original copies of the documents related to the land were seized by men of the SSS after dealing with Maxwell squarely.
He appealed to Concerned Deltans and other rights thinking people to come to his aid because SSS as an institution has no dealing with land matters only Court of Law.
Mr. Stephen Dada Okolie Ezechie who is the father of Maxwell told our reporter that the land belongs to the Ezechie’s family only that the SSS officers are using authority over them and that there is Court order on the Land.
When contacted the O/C operations, Mr. Chinedu, said: “We never manhandled Maxwell Ezechie. The man has been terrorizing the community. He must face the law because nobody is above the law”.