By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU—A 75-year-old Civil War veteran, Chief Anthony Nnamani, was a happy man when Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, restored nine metres of his land encroached upon 17 years ago by demolishing the structure erected on it.
Nnamani alleged that one Mr. Ikenna Umeaku forcefully took some portions of his land located at Nza Street Independence Layout Enugu since 2000.
The ex-Biafra soldier said it was a reprieve after several years of efforts to reclaim the portion of his land from the trespasser, who had converted the property to a commercial venture.
Commissioner for Enugu State Capital Territory Development Authority, Mr. Chidi Aroh, said government had to enforce the demolition after four notices were given to Emeaku to remove the fence and buildings without compliance.
Aroh said government had to do that to make people respect boundaries, adding “Umeaku attended a peace meeting with the other party, where he admitted he carried out an illegal encroachment, yet he refused to remove the structure.
“We wrote to the Ministry of Lands that confirmed the encroachment and we had to carry out demolition after all attempts at peaceful removal failed.”
However, the alleged trespasser, Umeaku, said that Nnamani does not have any title to the plot he claimed and that Nnamani was only using the instrument of power in the state to intimidate him and gave indication of going to court over the demolition.