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Okowa return our land Igwenwanne family of Issele-Azagba crys out

The family of Chukwuedo Igwenwanne of Umuojeagu Quarters, Issele-Azagba, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State has vowed to use the last drop of their live to fight if Governor Ifeanyi Okowa‘s led administration refused to release their parcel of land illegally acquired from them, measuring approximately 199, 516.39sq metres (about 19.952 hectares).

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Igwenwanne family said that the State Government purportedly published a notice of Revocation of Rights of Occupancy in respect of part of the land measuring approximately 19.952 hectres of land shown in the survey Plan No: BJ/DT/Q2/108/2013 prepared by Surveyor Osakwe E. Ogochukwu which the family rely on the Certified True Copy of the survey plan.

They said the family land was popularly known as Late Pa Gabriel Sunday Igwenwanne family land situated at Olinunu farmland along Asaba-Benin Expressway, Issele-Azagba.

Igwenwanne family has strongly vowed to take a legal action against Delta State Government if the government fails to relinquish those parcels of land forcefully collected from them.

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The family of Chukwuedo Igwenwanne maintained that the Delta State Government has not paid any compensation for the acquisition of the land allegedly in dispute. Stressing that by reason of the failure to pay such compensation, a condition precedent to the validity of the acquisition has not been complied with and efforts made to the government rescind the said revocation proved abortive.

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It was learnt that the family cultivated and planted various economic trees such as palm trees, cashews, guava, coconut, agbono trees, rubber trees, bamboos and hurt as well as other things were built on the land.

According to the family, they use some parts of the lands for seasonal farming of cassava and other varieties of crops in the assertion of their ownership and possession of the land now in dispute.

Chukwuedo Igwenwanne family said that they have been farming on the land from time immemorial and are still on the land as it is their only source of livelihood before the purported revocation of the rights of occupancy in respect of the part of the land by the State Government.

They explained that Delta State Government did not strictly observed and ensured compliance with the relevant provisions of the land use Act as to acquisition of land because they did not issue and serve a valid notice of revocation of the Igwenwanne family rights in respect of the land as required by section 44(a), (b) and (c) of the land use Act.

“All the purported revocation of the Delta State Government deemed rights of occupancy in the land is invalid, null and void abinitio”, said Chukwuedo Igwenwanne.

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The Government’s threat and intend to continue to deprive the family of Chukwuedo Igwenwanne of their interest and use of the land have prompted to raise alarm before Deltans.

The Commissioner for Lands, Surveys and Urban Development, Hon. Chuka Ossai told journalists that the Delta State Government did not acquired the land in Issele-Azagba unlawfully but the truth of the matter was that the land was in dispute between two communities, Issele-Azagba and Ogwashi-Uku which in one of the State Executive Council meetings they decided to take possession of it to enable peace reign while the part that was not in dispute was released to the communities.

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