Former commissioner cries out, alleges police encroachment on her land
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
A widow and former commissioner for works, transport and housing in Anambra state during the administration of Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Mrs Chika Ibeneme, at the weekend, cried out against alleged police encroachment on her land located at Nka village, Nsugbe, Anambra East local government area, also vowing to drag the police authority to court.
Briefing newsmen in her Nsugbe residence, she stated that she was informed of the encroachment while in Abuja by one of the workers employed by the police who she said was familiar with the terrain.
“I was in Abuja when I had a distress call from one of the people who claimed he is a mason working there saying that they were working in the land they believe is mine.That police are constructing police station inside my land and that was why I came down and went there.”
“I was baffled and shocked that such a thing should be happening. Why should it be on my land, it is an encroachment. I did one or two findings and discovered the man that was doing it.
He is the recently promoted deputy inspector general of police, that encroached on my land and he has been battling with me on that land for some time now.”
“I did not know his intension was to bring the police. I will go to court but I want to alert the world that the police have encroached on my land. Their sign board is mounted there and they did not tell me that they are encroaching on my land.
“My husband, Luke, who is late bought it with his own money. He wants to grab it and give to police. If he has agreed with the police to give them land let him look elsewhere, not my land.”
She consequently urged Governor Willie Obiano, President Muhammadu Buhari and IGP to prevail on the police authority to hands off her land.
“The land they encroached upon is over 60 plots of land with economic cash crops lost. I have three iroko threes there, mangoes, pawpaw, oranges, among others. It was a land intended by my husband for agricultural farming. He wanted to go into bulk plantation and the land is right inside the forest, behind Oyi River.”
Pleading for immediate intervention to recover her land, she advised the police to commence investigation on the land adding, “I am ageing gracefully and I don’t want anything that will give me high blood pressure. I want to just settle down peacefully.”