Enugu Community Threatens Showdown over Forceful Conversionn of Land to Estate


By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

Residents of Ogui-Nike community in Enugu North Council of Enugu state on Friday vowed to resist attempts by officials of the State Housing and Development Corporation, (ESHDC) to convert undeveloped portions of their land at WTC Secondary School into a housing estate, contrary to the purpose clause for the release of the land to government.

The residents who trooped out in their hundreds, marched from the land through various parts of the state chanting anti-government slogans, accusing the corporation of attempts to forcefully convert the said land into other purposes contrary to the agreement it entered with the people.

Even an attempt by the Corporation’s Managing Director, Chukwuemelie Agu, who visited the site, to pacify the protesting residents proved abortive as the rampaging crowd threatened to occupy the place till further notice.

ThisDay checks revealed that the community had several years ago freely given the land housing WTC Secondary School, Ogui, to the state government when it (government) indicated interest to build a school there and to return undeveloped portions of it to the community for their agricultural purposes.

Further details later