By Nosa Akenzua
Land developers across Delta state, under the aegis of The Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN), on Wednesday, raised the alarm over increasing cases of illegal fee collections perpetrated by youths in the state in spite of the ban on illegal levies on lands by the state government in the recent times.
Recall that Delta state government through the governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, had, few months ago, proscribed all forms of illegal activities on lands across the state that were popularly called “Deve.”
Speaking with our correspondent in Asaba, the APBN chairman in Delta state, Mr Paul Akporowho, said that the extortionist levies had been getting out of hand.
He said “We are appealing to the traditional rulers across the state and the state government to prevail on the youths in the state to stop harassing and collecting illegal levies also known as” Deve” from us as developers. We are now living in fear, especially with the youths who, at gunpoint, collect money from us at the sites.”
Noting that the state Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa had assented to the bill, ” Delta Public and Private Property Protection Bill 2018″, Akporowho said that the Delta Public and Private Property Protection Bill 2018 was expected to put an end to the harassment of developers, adding that “We are worried over the” Deve.”
Communities worse hit are Ogwashi Uku, Okere Urhobo, Okpanam, Issele Uku, among others.