Return Illegally Acquired Lands, Delta Monarch, Subjects Tell Army, Navy

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    By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri

    The Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM. Emmanuel Sideso Abe I and his subjects
    on Monday August 28 called on the Nigerian Army and Navy to return their
    185.20 acres of land illegally acquired, stolen, before they will dialogue with them.

    The monarch who joined his subjects in peaceful protest which started
    at 7am, made the call in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta
    State warned that the Uvwie people will no longer accept the outright
    impunity of the Nigerian Army. We can no longer accept to be tenants
    in our land.”

    HRM. Sideso accused the Army of allegedly selling the said lands which
    is under litigation to public private individuals.

    HRM. Sideso noted that the Nigerian Army acquired and stole the 185.20
    Acres of land in 1974 after an initial parcel of land was allocated to
    them under the guise of building the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA
    without compensation which same was later built in Kaduna State.

    “The Uvwie people have always followed the path of peace and dialogue
    despite provocative actions by the Army and Navy and their agents
    stressing that,” We are peace loving people. We have taken several
    steps to make the Nigerian Army see reason(s) why they need to
    de-acquire the unused and extra la d which they have subsequently
    fraudulently converted to private, commercial and business use reaping
    millions of Naira into their coffers to the detriment of the Uvwie
    people who seek the same for farming and other agricultural activities
    which is today the focal point of the present day government.”

    Former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Victor
    Otomiewo and the President General of Uvwie Kingdom, Uvwie, Chief
    Austine.T. Ukuwere corroborated the monarch”.

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