Land tussle: Oba PG, others condemn kidnap bid rumours
By Phil Okose, Onitsha
The president general of Oba community, Idemili South local government area, Anambra state, Rev Chris Afam Emelie, and other prominent members of the community, Wednesday, described as false and unfounded, the rumour that a land dispute between two families at (Ugbo/Ngbo land) was a plot to kidnap some sons of the soil.
Denying the allegation, the PG, who said his focus presently was on how to move the community forward and create enabling environment for its unemployed youths through provision of skill acquisition centres for self-reliance. He added that the people alleged to have been involved in the kidnap bid were men of sterling qualities who had assisted in the development of the community and in their different fields of human endeavour.
“The issue of kidnap shouldn’t come in It was a land issue. Some people came to survey their land with camera and, in the process, a group of youths came and wanted to know why they were doing that and it resulted in crisis.”
“One of the men who came to survey the land was Professor Azubogu, is he the one that has come to kidnap the youths in the bush?
In a bid to vouch for their good faith, they were asked to call indigenes wherein Azubogu called a prominent Oba son and community leader, Ifeanyichukwu Onwupenata who not only vouched for him but ordered the youths to stop whatever attack on the professor and his group. They immediately complied,” he stated.
It was gathered that these youths, indeed, have some land in the area also and that both warring factions are related and from the same kindred.
Contacted, Onwupenata corroborated the position of the PG adding that, “there was nothing like kidnap bid rather it was a ploy by some enemies of progress to drag my good image and others to the mud.”
He added that he would not be deterred by the antics of such people from contributing to the development of the community adding that he was contributing his quota for God and humanity.
Also reacting, the secretary of the peace committee in the community, Nze Dennis Chimezie Muozelu, said that, “I was with Nze Onwupenata when Prof. Azubogu called him on phone and told him that some youths were attacking them and he told the Prof. to give the phone to one of them and he did.”
“Onwupenata is not a kidnapper but a God-sent man to help develop the community. He asked the youths to stop attacking them and leave the place immediately and they obeyed because they know he is a man of the people and community leader. The youths were about five in number, so how could they be kidnapped”.
“They only want to tarnish his image.”
There were allegations of seizure of the handsets, camera and machetes of the professor and his group by the youths but such items were said to have been returned immediately on the order of Nze Onwupenata.