In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 20th, August, 2020

How Over 20 Years Land Dispute In Anambra Neighborhood Ended With Destruction Of 50 Homes, 70 Fences

How Over 20 Years Land Dispute In Anambra Community Ended With Destruction Of 50 Houses, 70 Fences

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Over twenty years land dispute between two villages in Oba Neighborhood, Idemili South Native Authorities Space Anambra State, took a drastic flip with the destruction of over fifty residential buildings and seventy fences, belonging to the folks of Ezelle Mbana, Oba village and their tenants.

The land dispute between Ezelle Mbana village and Umuezegbute household, all of Oba, took the harmful dimension with the destructions of the residential buildings and fences, belonging to Ezelle Mbana folks, following two court docket victories awarded by each Ogbaru Excessive Courtroom and the Courtroom of Enchantment Awka, Anambra State to Umuezegbute household.

In line with a lawyer to Ezelle Mbana Village and their Isu Village landlord, Chief John Nso, “properties value a number of hundreds of thousands of naira have been destroyed in these dwelling homes, defenceless folks wounded and lives maimed.”

In a petition to the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, on behalf of his purchasers from Ezelle village, Chief Nso, mentioned “The horrendous wickedness, brigandage and wanton destruction of lives and properties have been dedicated within the technique of a purported execution of the judgement of a Excessive Courtroom in Anambra State, gained by Umuezegbute household over a land dispute towards Isu Village Oba and Ezelle Mbana Village, additionally of Oba, even when two Appeals are pending towards the judgement.”

“They’re planning to proceed the destruction till the entire city is cleared or worn out. Even at that in executing judgement for possession of the land, an inexpensive drive is just required in taking possession from the judgement debtors and never destroying and pulling down dwelling homes, maiming and wounding defenceless residents.”

Nonetheless, lawyer to Umuezegbute household Oba, Mr Gerald Ezeuko, SAN, mentioned that “Ezelle Village goofed once they went to Enchantment Courtroom to enchantment towards the judgement of the Excessive Courtroom which awarded victory in the land dispute to his purchasers, as an alternative of settling with them by paying the arrears of the Customary tribute the Excessive Courtroom directed them to pay inside thirty days.

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“Once more the brand new era of the youths in Ezelle Village, began the difficulty, by promoting the farmland given to them by Umuezegbute Household once they haven’t been paying their landlords the required authorized royalty, (Buyer tributes)

“Within the Judgement Order of Hon Justice Ike Ogu, on,28th day of February 2019, within the Go well with No. HID/92/1999 mentioned that Umuezegbute household of Isu village Oba are the house owners of the complete parcel of land often called and referred to as Isiakabo land and Udugwu lands situate at Isu village Oba.

“The Plaintiff, Ezelle village Oba, are hereby directed to pay all arrears of their Customary tributes to Umuezegbute household inside thirty days, failing which the Plaintiff, the Ezelle village are deemed to have forfeited for misconduct all rights of residence and/or curiosity within the a part of Isiakabo land granted to them by the first and 2nd Defendants, Umuezegbute household.

“Apparently, the Courtroom additionally granted Umuezegbute household possession of the mentioned a part of Isiakabo land and awarded a price of N50,000 towards Ezelle village, and made an order of perpetual injunction restraining Ezelle village from tampering with the land.

“Ezelle village went to enchantment and after we waited for them to pursue their enchantment, they didn’t as a result of they knew their enchantment lacks benefit, so we filed a movement to dismiss their enchantment and the Courtroom of Enchantment in the Enchantment No. CA/AW/626M/2019 on Wednesday 18th day of March, 2020, rightly dismissed their enchantment, so as soon as their enchantment has been dismissed, there’s nothing for the court docket to do once more, so Umuezegbute now needed to go in and take their land, that’s the place.

“In order that they Ezelle Mbana folks shouldn’t be deceiving the general public by telling lies about what transpired. If their enchantment has been dismissed, the correct process is it to simply file one other discover of enchantment like they did, on the identical dismissed enchantment, as soon as an enchantment is dismissed, it is gone.

“He who owns the land owns all the pieces within the land and since Umuezegbute has been declared within the Excessive and Enchantment Courts as house owners of the land, no matter they do with it and what’s contained in it, is their enterprise. The court docket gave them energy of possession and possession they usually executed it.”


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