An indigene of the Ovumnte community in Ebonyi State has submitted a petition to the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Police, CP Philip Sule Maku, over the forceful and illegal acquiring of their land by ex-Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim.
The residents stated that Anyim had successfully bought over Daniel Nwonu, DPO in charge of Ivo Divisional Police Station, he has given him bribes and whenever the residents go to complain in the police station they are not attended to, some were even embarrassed and insulted by the police officer they met with, Daniel has been alleged with assisting him to acquire the lands, he would intimidate and arrest any legitimate landowners who refused to corporate with them.
The landowners in the Ovumnte community had also engaged in a peaceful protest against the use of thugs and conduct of the DPO and his policemen who were alleged to be sponsored by Anyim to intimidate members of the Ovumnte community. They now live in total fear of being beaten if they don’t corporate to sell their lands, the few brave ones gather the morale to protest the bully they received from both the police and thugs who have been bought over by the ex-Senate.
In the “Save Our Souls” petition submitted at the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State, on Tuesday, the residents accused Anyim and the Police DPO of “forcible entry, willful and malicious destruction of property, disobedience to the order of the court, assault occasioning harm, abuse of public office, unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.”
They stated that in January 2020, Anyim, in the company of Chinedu NichoMakeakwe, Peter Ajah, Livinus Ukah, Godfrey A, NY, and others, forcibly entered and embarked on the destruction of Ovumnte-Amagu lands in Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. They tried to fight back this was when the ex senate went ahead to bribe the police and hired some thugs.
They noted that following the destruction, a legal proceeding was filed at the High Court of Ebonyi State.
“Consequently, the court ordered that the status quo should be maintained by the parties to the suit pending the determination of the suit,” the petition noted.
The petitioners are praying the Commissioner of Police to “prosecute the culprits, including Anyim Pius Anyim, Chinedu NichoMakeakwe, Peter Ajah, Livinus Ukah, Godfrey Anyim, and others, who are currently violating the orders of the High Court in Suit No: HSK/6/2020 by destroying their farms including crops, palm trees, and other economic trees, which are their only means of livelihood in line with the applicable criminal laws of Nigeria.” even though they have been banned and restricted by the law not to possess the land of the community by force they decided to do their own switch of power.
They also demanded that the unprofessional conduct o.f Mr. Daniel Nwonu as DPO should be investigated and that he should be appropriately sanctioned as a matter of urgency. While we wait for more updates the case is currently been investigated.
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