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Delta kingdom rejects proposed private market

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 24, 2020, 03:38:28 PM
 By Festus Ahon

ASABA – THE people of Issele-Uku Kingdom, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State, have rejected moves by one Mrs. Mary Eboigbe, to establish a private market in the community.

Eboigbe, who is the Proprietress of DEMA Kitchen, had claimed that she bought the land on which wanted to convert to a private market.

Disclosing the decision of the community at a meeting held at his palace at the weekend,
the Obi of Issele-Uku Kingdom, Agbogidi Obi Nduka, said the market could not be situated in the town, directing the woman to tell her Hausa traders already killing pigs and cows for sale to move away from the place.

The monarch noted that private markets cannot exist in Issele-Uku without traditional procedural modalities and consensus of the people of Issele-Uku.

Explaining that Issele-Uku people hold their Afor market in high esteem, he said they can never cave in to any pressure from any quarter for any illegal market to be set up. He added that the people ascribed so much traditional respect to Afor market as something kept sacred for centuries by their forefathers and had never been broken by anybody not to talk of strangers.

Citing security reasons, he said the land in question was located at the Benin-Asaba expressway, a location he said armed bandits had regularly kidnapped persons and terrorized the community.

According to the traditional ruler, the land belonged to the community and designated for development, wondering why anybody would have sold it to somebody who wants to bring in people that were dislodged from Abraka market for breach of security.

The Obi who earlier asked Mrs. Mary Eboigbe to produce the document used to purchase the land insisted that the survey plan she produced did not amount to evidence of ownership.

He ordered her to produce the land documents to enable the community take up a case against the person who sold a community land to her.

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Re: Delta kingdom rejects proposed private market

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 24, 2020, 03:48:13 PM
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The monarch noted that private markets cannot exist in Issele-Uku without traditional procedural modalities and consensus of the people of Issele-Uku.

Explaining that Issele-Uku people hold their Afor market in high esteem, he said they can never cave in to any pressure from any quarter for any illegal market to be set up. He added that the people ascribed so much traditional respect to Afor market as something kept sacred for centuries by their forefathers and had never been broken by anybody not to talk of strangers.

Citing security reasons, he said the land in question was located at the Benin-Asaba expressway, a location he said armed bandits had regularly kidnapped persons and terrorized the community.

Clearly this land will NOT be used without the community agreeing to the use, whether the person who claims to have bought it has any legitimate document or not.

Community land sale in ANY part of Igboland is a community affair -the whole community representatives MUST AGREE. If not, the sale is void.

It is good that the traditional ruler is speaking up now and clearly stating the reasons the land could not have been genuinely sold, and why it cannot be used as planned.

The state government should keep a close eye on this case to ensure that community land is not taken away by force. In worst case scenario the state government should use its powers under the Land Use Act to designate the land for an acceptable public use.

Only a fool would sell community land to the same people killing and raping his own people.

So, Igwe please stand your ground because your ancestors will stand with you!

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