Amankpaka in Ugwuogo Nike autonomous community, Enugu East Local government area has condemned the surreptitious attempt by the holders of power of Attorney of the community with Enugu state Housing Development Corporation to take over their community land measuring over 115 hectreas without the approval/consent of the General Assembly of Amankpaka community.
Amankpaka community made this known in a press statement signed by the General Secretary of Chief Oguebe Festus unbehalf of the community.
The press statement reads in parts “it is pertinent to inform the public of such dubious and clandestine attempt by those with the power of Attorney and agents of the Enugu state government (Housing development corporation) to desist further from such attempt as it lacks legality”.
“The community/General Assembly, empowered with such right of approval never directly or indirectly approved such dubious and questionable attempt to lease the community land to the Housing development corporation or any other person whatsoever .The move by the members of power of attorney was the last kick of a dying horse as there tenure would elapse by December 2020”.
“We therefore appeal to Enugu state Governor, Rt Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi whom we gave our maximum vote during his reelection to intervene and call the managing director of Housing cooperation Enugu to order to desist from land grabbing at Amankpaka community”.
“Unfortunately the Housing corporation was relaying on the powers of the government to acquire community land for overriding public interest , regrettably what is the housing was doing is purely a business interest and cannot be for public interest”.
“Amankpaka community condemned any attempt of leasing out the community land of any guise as it contravens section 7(1)(11) and (iv) of Amankpaka ugwuogo Nike Constitution 2005”.
“The move not only lack due process but a pure intimation and suppression of a community by Housing development corporation”. “The community land was duly registered with the Enugu state land registry with No 64 at page 64 volume 210 with certificate of occupancy C of O accordingly”.
“Amankpaka community, Ugwuogo Nike wishes to inform the public that the community has commences legal action with suit No E/590/2020 at the Enugy state High court to restrain such dubious attempt by the holders of Attorney of Amankpaka community”.
“We finally called on the security agents ty hold the chairman of the power of Attorney if Amankpaka community, his agents, General manager Housing and Chairman Board Enugu state Housing Development corporation responsible for any breach if law and order in our beloved community” the statement reads”.