The Umu-Omorhusi Royal Family of Idumuje-Ugboko in Aniocha Local Government Area of Delta State, has dismissed insinuations that it allocated land for a proposed sports university in the area.
According to the royal family, the plan was a ploy by a land-grabber (name withheld) to illegally take over lands in the community.
The family, in a statement by Prince Justin Nwoko, also described as a ruse, media publications alluding to same, saying it never gave its nod to such media publications by any group which claimed to represent it.
It stated: “Those persons were never authorized to make such publication in the first place as their motive for the hasty publication, replete with errors, are open to speculation. Pertinently, Umu-Omorhusi Royal family did not at anytime give its support to the so-called sports university which is nothing but a land-grabbing scheme.
“The land-grabbing scheme was further amplified by the publication/group admission that some 33 hectares of land was given 10 years ago for agriculture project which till date, never took off and not the least kilogramme of farm or dairy produce was ever produced from them. If 10 years ago, 33 hectares were allotted and nothing came from it till date, the Umu-Omorhusi Royal Family, contrary to the publication, never agreed nor supported the allotment of further land to any of its sons.
“This is more so as other members of the bigger Idumuje-Ugboko community are accusing the royal family of collusion and manipulation in respect of the land in question. The general feeling in the community is that of hatred and odium for the kingship and royal lineage of Umu-Omorhusi who in all sincerity are not in support of the land grabbing schemes.
“Instructively, the publication made reference to land being made available through due process. That is a clear admission that recent schemes to grab 147.1 hectares through Aniocha North LGA never went through due process.”