- A property allegedly owned by Mrs. Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha has been sealed off in Owerri, the Imo state capital
- Officials of the Imo state government say the property is against the lawful master plan of the state
- The state commissioner for lands, survey, and physical planning, Hon. Ennyinna Onuegbu led a team to seal the premises
The Imo government has sealed off an estate located in the state capital, Owerri, allegedly owned by Mrs. Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha.
Nneoma is the wife of a former governor of the state and current senator representing Imo west senatorial district, Rochas Anayo Okorocha.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Imo state government noted that the directive was given by Governor Hope Uzodinma and executed by the state commissioner for lands survey and physical planning, Barrister Enyinna Onuegbu.
Onuegbu also confirmed the development via a Facebook post seen by Legit.ng.
“Today, I led a team from the Imo state ministry of lands survey and physical planning, other government officials and the media to the enforcement of the order from the gazetted white paper detailing the reports from the judicial panel of enquiry on land matters within the state.
“On that note, the Royal Spring Palm Estate located at Akachi road was recovered and sealed from private/individual trespassing pending when the state government announces an appropriate usage in the interest of the public.
“The judicial panel recommended the recovery of all properties of the state illegally acquired in violation of the state master plan and extant laws.
“This administration is committed towards recovering all state properties in the possession of private individuals or/and group of persons. Imo state belongs to us all and to no individual.”
Meanwhile, Governor Uzodinma has declared that herders and farmers operate as a family in Imo state.
The Imo state governor made the declaration while speaking at a peace meeting he convened on Thursday, February 4 to address all stakeholders concerning the recent farmers/herders crisis in other parts of the country.
According to him, stakeholders in Imo have been meeting regularly since he took over the reins of power in the state as a measure to sustain the peace in his domain.
In a related development, the federal government has called on Nigerians to put unity and peace above all, especially in light of the simmering tension in Ondo and some parts of Oyo state.
The government implored all citizens in the country to exercise restraint and pursue active efforts on how to use the tools of constructive dialogue, good neighbourliness, and the primacy of peace-building as ways of dousing anger and resentment that can only lead to anarchy.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books.