How Army allegedly sold Uvwie land to Shoprite for N1b

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Former Delta State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Victor Otomiewo has raised an alarmed over various acts of impunity by the Nigeria Army and Navy against the Uvwie Kingdom and appealed for intervention from the Federal Government to save the Uvwie people from extinction.
Chief Otomiewo who spoke to Journalists in Warri last Tuesday demanded firstly, “the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the army of occupation from all underdeveloped and/or illegally occupied land of Uvwie people, especially the ones marked down for demolition in Ohorhe communities.
“That the defence headquarters make public, the revenue generated by the Army and Navy from the allocation of our land supposedly acquired for public purpose which are now being sold for mind bungling multi-million naira fees without any recourse and/or dime to my people.
“That the Federal Government returns to the Uvwie people, all unoccupied and underdeveloped portions of their land which the men of the Army and Navy are presently plundering.
“And that the Commissioner of Police, handover to Ekpan people, the illegally constructed Shopping Complex on the land surrounding the Police Barracks in Ekpan.
Chief Otomiewo condemned what he described as “the wanton acts of illegality and reckless impunity orchestrated by the men and officers of the Nigerian army, 3rd battalion, Effurun Barracks on the rural, but peace loving native, owners, residents and inhabitants of the Ohorhe 1 and 11 as well as Oku Irero of Uvwie Kinggdom”.
According to him, since February 13 this year, armed soldiers from Effurun Barracks had laid siege on Ohorhe communities, harassing innocent indigenes, marking residential, commercial and religious houses for demolition, under the guise that these structures were built on land belonging to the Nigeria Army.
“They are further assaulting, threatening arrest and/or detention of the Uvwie natives who are bonafide owners of the landed properties and premises. Naval officers are deployed daily to allocate Uvwie land along the Refinery road to rent paying tenants and markets which traditionally and by the constitution, ought to be exclusive revenue generation for the Uvwie Local Government and Uvwie Traditional Council has been captured and colonized by the Naval and Army Personnel in the last 30 years”.
Responding to a question, Chief Otomiewo told Journalists to go and ask the promoters of Shoprite Complex currently under construction in Uvwie land acquired for public purposes who their landlord is saying further that the land was allegedly sold for about N1 billion by the Ministry of Defence and no kobo was remitted to the owners of them who were forcibly ejected.
He also demanded that the Ministry of Defence to make public, their names of their tenants and revenue collected since the land was acquired from the Uvwie people.


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