Youths protest in Enugu over land tussle

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Angry youths at Obeagu Awkunanaw Community in Enugu South Area Council of Enugu State, have protested what they described as illegal grabbing of their ancestral land.

The protesting youth who defied the weather to register their grievances, said they’re urging Enugu State Government to intervene and halt illegal activities of some individuals they described as land grabbers in their community.

The youths who carried placards with different inscriptions such as ‘Our land is our in inheritance’, among others, marched to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Mike Nnukwu to register their grievances.

Igwe Nnukwu, the traditional ruler of Obeagu Awkunanaw community, who was full of thanks, said the youths demonstrated a high level of maturity and promised not to relent until justice is done.

Igwe Nnukwu said: “Keep your ca and maintain your peace. Don’t be violent. Don’t take any incentive that will make you forget your community. I am urging you, please.”

Some community leaders who spoke during the protest, called on the relevant authorities to come to their aid.

One of the leaders said: “We are calling on the Government to urge Centenary City to leave our land for us. This land is our inheritance. We inherited this land from our forefathers. If we are chased out, we won’t have any other place to live. You can see youths.

“We appreciate the Governor for revoking the land in the first place. We have also told Government to come to the community so we can talk. We can then decide the portion they will take. But they can’t just take over the entire community. That’s impossible.”

The disputed land known as Centenary City is about one thousand and ninety- seven hectares.

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