Press Statement by Amechi Awkunanaw Development Union Enugu South Local Government, Enugu State Nigeria regarding the land impasse involving one John Egbo, and the mention of our leader, Senator Jim Nwobodo:
We the New EXCO of Amechi Awkunanaw Development Union Enugu South Local Government, Enugu State Nigeria hereby view with dismay a news item published on an online blog and being circulated in the social media, where the author wrote that land dispute took a dangerous dimension in our community.
We also view that distorted facts as the handiwork of an ignoble man who percieve himself as a demagogue; a man who has thrown caution to the wind and feels that community members are like Roman plebeians. We do not understand the linking of Senator Nwobodo, land dispute to the burning of a lecturers car in the community.
Consequently, we held a meeting of the Executive of our community presided by Chukwudi Nwankwo Esq, legal practitioner and the acting President General of our union, in order to asertain the veracity or otherwise of the story after which we condemn those behind the dastardly act.
We therefore hereby state that our community is peaceful and cannot be involved in such act as arson as a whole as a means of settling any dispute if any.
That as a community, we do not have any land dispute with Senator Nwobodo since the said land was purely a gift by the community which was given over 40 years ago.
That the piece of land given to Senator Nwobodo over forty years which one John Egbo and his co-travellers are anchoring théir mischief on was Senator Nwobdo’s private business and do not have any reversionary clause in the title document since it was a gift by the community for his contributions to the development of the town
Egbo and his co-horts are crying wolf where there’s none as the community is poised to ensure peace among her people and all the plans by him and his few disgruntled colleagues towards plunging our community into any breach of peace has been resisted by the peace loving people of Amechi comunity.
The claims of Egbo and co. that the our amiable elder statesman Senator Nwobodo is in dispute with anybody is a mere tapestry of deceit meant to smear the image of our respected elder statesman.
We are regrettably worried that a person in the status of John Egbo degenerated from the sublime to a ridiculous level in a desperate bid to bring the image of our leader Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo to disdain.
We had at several times asked Egbo who was the former president of our town union to render account of his stewardship to the new town union Executives but he has been evasive and Egbo’s recalcitrant stand to rendering that account to the community he served as president of its union, compelled us to assume mischief on his part.
We the executives of Amechi Development Union hereby suspect foul in the reported case of burning a lecturer’s car in his home. We cannot vouch for anybody but we firmly believe that some mischief these makers could have hatched such a dirty plan to indict the community.
However we are calling on the security agencies to come in and investigate the case of arson as reported in the social media.
We appreciate the Enugu State Government for the peace we enjoy and cannot in anyway allow any unwholesome act that will truncate the hard earn peace that the Ugwuanyi administration is making avalaible for Enugu people.
We also thank the Government of Enugu state for being very pro-active towards ensuring that there’s no breach of peace in any community in the state through bold steps to sanction any erring community leader.
We pledge our loyal to our local government chairman, Hon Monday Eneh for representing us well and we shall continue to give good and effective followership to his administration.
Finally we call on the public to be mindful of whatever dealings they have with Egbo and his Co-horts so as not to fall prey to their tricks and propaganda as they no longer represent the interest of Amechi Awkunanaw community.
As we conclude this statement, we equally call on the people to remain calm in order to contain their would be plan to undo our community.
Chukwudi Nwankwo Esq.
Acting President General
Amechi Awkunanaw Development Union