….Connives with Lands Commissioner to revoke land
…as real owner petitions relevant authorities
Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere has been accused of taking over a land that does not belong to him without due process, even while the Commissioner of Land and Urban Survey, Hon. Uche Nwosu was said to be aiding him.
Making this disclosure, the owner of the land located at plot N0 104 Housing C New Owerri capital Territory Action Area, Mr. Edwin Chibuzor Okolie said that he acquired the land sometime in 2011 with the intention to set up a wine bar, but was shocked to the bone marrow when recently he was about to commence the development of the plot and was visited with the most ferocious but naked use of power by the deputy governor of Imo State, Prince Madumere, stressing that though he was acting in proxy by using a young man known as Alhaji and being accompanied by the elder brother of the deputy governor who he gave his name as Chijioke Madumere.
He informed that the land in question is already fenced, just as he pointed out that all efforts to clear the issue with the commissioner for lands, Hon Uche Nwosu proved abortive, alleging that Nwosu is aiding Madumere to actualize the dastardly acts.
“All attempts to get him (Prince Madumere) to provide proof of ownership of the land proved abortive rather he is using his might to collude with the commissioner of lands, Hon. Uche Nwosu to forcefully take over my property I legitimately owned with valid certificate of occupancy (C of O)”, Mr. Okoli stated.
Mr. Okolie, who is a United Nations peace Ambassador and National Youth Council of Nigeria Extra Ordinary Youth Awardee, alleged that three days before the kangaroo revocation of his land, his name was still in all the ministry of lands official document.
He stated “The shocking aspect of this kangaroo revocation is that barely three days of the said revocation, my name was still in all the ministry of lands official document. Just when I moved to start developing the said property offer settling the indigeneous youth and paying for my fencing permit to the Owerri Capital development Authority (OCDA) that the ministry used a paint to write “revoked” on the said property. I did all within my power to discuss with the Hon. Commissioner of lands, Hon. Uche Nwosu but he rebuffed all my pleas white working towards perfecting the said kangaroo revocation and re-assigning the property to Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere.
Furthermore Okolie stressed “Unfortunately, just as I was managing to fence the property because my bank had approved a loan for me to expand my business the Deputy Governor’s elder brother, one Mr. Chijioke Madumere led a truck load of police men and things to humiliate and over power me and started digging foundation on the said parcel of land in a boisterous manner of which he averred that the Deputy Governor has the right to revoke and take any land of his choice he has the backing of the commissioner for lands and the ministry”.
Okolie who hails from Ubaha Ozuh in Ozuh Omuma, Oru-East LGA, wondered if it has become a crime for one to legitimately acquire prosperity. And if a government can revoke a landed property without the consent of the owner, even they have the contact details of the owner?
He also wants to know if we are operating in a jungle justice society where the high and mighty would intentionally confiscate what rightfully belongs to the innocent member of the society?
Information has it that, Okolie has petitioned to relevant authorities like the governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the director of the State Security Services, the Inspector General of Police, Members of the Senate and House of Representatives, traditional rulers, Nigeria Bar Association, Imo State, Civil Liberties Organization, the Catholic Arch. Bishop of Owerri; Nigerian Union of Journalists, Imo State chapter among others.