Former Governor Rochas Okorcha has once again come under fire as a group of land owners under the aegis of Federal Estate Neighourhood Association has accused the Imo West Senator of forcefully dispossessing them of their land legally allotted to them by the Federal Ministry of Lands.
Addressing newsmen last weekend, the leader of the group (name withheld), said the land which was located along Owerri-Port Harcourt road was forcefully taken from them by ex-governor Okorocha who in its stead constructed a police station, inspite of the fact that some owners of the land had built houses on their various plots with gates in place.
They brandished a public notice Caveat Emptor obtained from the High Court in Owerri on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 with suit number: How/601/2017 which was published in The Nation Newspaper of Monday, September 14, 2018, in which the general public was warned against, “buying, selling, constructing, building or any manner of development on portions of the land which formally belong to Agam and Obokwu villages in Owerri West LGA, now operating under the name Federal Estate Neighourhood Association and duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.”
The land owners also stated that their case against the state government for unlawful possession, building and trespassing is pending at the State High Court with suit number: How/601/2017.
The group pleaded with Governor Uzodinma to come to their rescue, adding that an interlocutory injunction was obtained against building, construction or trespassing upon the said land by the state govt. They expressed dismay at the way and manner the Okorocha administration blatantly dispossessed them of their land despite all entreaties to the ex-governor and injunctions against such moves.