UJU AZUKAEGO, AWKA
The peaceful atmosphere of Nagwu town in Dunukofia local government area of Anambra state was disturbed when a young man Ezebunachi Madubofu was on Saturday February 9, 2019 arrested by some armed men clothed in black and black attire over land dispute.
Our correspondent, who was contacted while the men were demolishing a house under construction in the said land, reports that after thorough investigations, it was revealed that two families who are cousins are dragging a landed property their fathers lived in before they died.
It was revealed that Ezebunachi was arrested in the morning hours on Saturday so that he would not disrupt the destruction of the house under construction.
Shortly after his arrest, the same armed men who claimed to be from the Department of State Security Service (DSS) in Awka, drove out with him hand cuffed, came back again and ordered total destruction of a bungalow under construction in the land.
Our reporter gathered that the armed men were in the company of one Mr. Joel Amechi Nwokoye who was said to be a member of DSS Awka and a husband to Ukamaka Madubofu, Ezebunachi’s cousin.
Our correspondent also learnt that an old house built by the late fathers of the two quarreling cousins was on June 19, 2012 demolished by Chinedu Madubofut the cousin of the arrested man in the company of DSS men in Awka.
Chinedu who claimed that the land belongs to his father the third son of his father was totally opposed by his father’s sisters and brothers extended family that are still living.
According to Chinedu’s only surviving aunt, Mrs. Theresa Anatogu, who spoke to our reporter, the land in dispute was bought by her late mother and Chinedu’s grand mother, Mgbaa Madubofu.
Mrs. Theresa Anatogu who said she was an eye witness of how the land was gotten disclosed to us that the land was paid for by her mother with the pride price of her late elder sister late Mrs. Adaeze Anumba long time ago.
Mrs. Anatogu noted that the reason why Chinedu and his siblings claimed that the house belongs to his father was because his father, late Mr. Simon Madubofu, was the only person who was enlightened as at then to sign the land documents on behalf of the family.
Our further investigation revealed that Chinedu and his in-law, Joel Amechi Nwokoye, were the same people that mobilized men from DSS fully armed of about 12 in number in a yellow Mitsbushil 300 with registration number XF 169 UWN to destroy the first building in the said land in 2012.
Speaking with some members of Madubofu’s kinsmen, our reporter gathered that the kinsmen frowned at Chinedu’s action of destroying the old house as well as the new one under construction in the land which the kinsmen said attracted a fine on Chinedu.
Our further investigation revealed that a man who identified himself as a native of Nagwu and a member of DSS Awka walked to Ezebunachi’s mother in the village on Thursday February 14 and disclosed that her son was in DSS cell.
The question the indigenes of Nagwu are asking during our investigation is “What offense did Eze commit to be arrested and detained in DSS custody”?
The effort to get the director of DSS Awka in his number was proved abortive even at this time of filing this report.