A visually impaired octogenarian and widow, Mrs. Esther Onumonu ,has sent emergency rescue message to Governor Willie Obiano, the traditional ruler of her community, Orafite, Igwe Daniel Udoji and human rights organizations over plot to disposes her of her land.
Mrs. Onumonu in an interview with newsmen in her country home in Umueziobi village, Oraifte, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, alleged that her husband’s relatives have plotted to take over her husband’s land and a five-room apartment built by her husband.
The octogenarian who said that her husband, who died in 1963, built the house when he was alive to accommodate his relations but they were not only claiming the house but the adjourning land.
She said that they had already been given their own land, but they were cashing in on the absence of his two sons, who are living in abroad to take over her husband’s land.
Mrs. Onumonu said that an indication that there was a plot to take over her own land was when her caretaker was arrested and detained by Oraifite neighborhood watch at the instance of her husband’s relations because he pruned town guava tree on her own land.
“The guava tree belongs to my husband, why then arrest my caretaker because he pruned it down. They detained and seized his motor-bikes and were made to pay fine before they released him and his bikes. You don’t lay claim to what does not belong to you” she said.
She then asked Governor Obiano, the traditional ruler of Orafite, as well human rights organizations such as Federation of International Lawyers (FIDA), Widowhood Rights Organisations among others, saying that her life was even at risk.
As an elderly and visually widow, “I am an endangered specie as these people can come in night to eliminate me and it would become easy for them to annex the entire land”
Mrs. Onumomu’s daughter, Mrs Adaobi Ifeyinwa Obi, said that she as the only child of her mother in the country and does not have the resources to fight these land grabbers.
She then asked people of good will to help them keep at bay these people who want to take over their land.