By Tony Oraeki, Awka
The leadership of Nimo community in Njikoka local government council of Anambra State has urged the residents to remain calm and focused, describing those who protested over alleged embezzlement of fund realised on the selling of the communal land as agents of darkness.
In a statement signed by the President General of Nimo Town Development Union, NTDU, Chief Ekenna Okafor-Omabu and made available to newsmen in Awka, stated that a group that goes by the name ‘Nimo Leaders of Thought’ led by one Mr. Chuks Okonkwo unfairly disturbed the peace of the community by staging a protest to vent their anger on the leadership of the peace loving town of Nimo.
The PG said their protest was against the purported sale of some portions of Nimo’s ancestral Owa Land of which is now called Obodo-Oma, Nimo.
According to him, Okonkwo and his group who protested, accusing them of selling the community land are people who have vowed to keep the community in darkness.
“Nimo leadership was happy that this protest did not escalate or result to any harm on the good citizens of Nimo. We hold sacred of our responsibility to ensure peace and security in Nimo, so we are happy that this situation did not get out of hand.
“Historically, Owa Land was a communal property of the citizens of Nimo which was acquired by conquest and bequeathed to the people of Nimo in the past 200 years ago.
“Over the years, most Nimo families farmed on the portions of this land and held same in trust for the community. There was never a time Nimo community assigned any portion of the said land to anyone. The move to develop Owa Land predates the office of the current President General of Nimo, Chief Ekenenna Okafor-Omabu, and Igwe Maxi Ike Oliobi, the Owelle of Nimo.