Anambra: Tenants, Landlords Urge State Govt. To Stop Illegal Construction At Otigba Enuovuve Layout Nkwelle-Ezunaka

Anambra: Tenants, Landlords Urge State Govt. to Stop Illegal Construction At Otigba Enuovuve Layout Nkwelle-Ezunaka

 By Polycarp Ifeanyi, Onitsha

The Concerned Residents and Landlords of Otigba Enuovuve Layout, Nkwelle -Ezunaka, Oyi  Local Government Area of Anambra State have asked the Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Awka,  to stop the construction of the illegal structures blocking the Onitsha-Otuocha  road at the Layout.

In a petition sent to the Chairman of the Anambra State Physical Planning Board signed by the Chairman of the Concerned members of the layout, Mr. John Okafor and Secretary, Mr. Dennis Umeh which copied to Oyi Local Government Care-taker Chairman and made available to  journalists in Onitsha.

 They alleged that one Mr. Chinazor Ikeayom, popularly known as Ikemba has been brazenly building block of stores on the Main road without the approval and authorisation of  the Physical Planning Board and other agencies responsible for such approvals for construction and erection of structures.

The Concerned members of the layout had reported the matter to Zone 13 Police Command, Ukpo where he was ordered to stop work but he was said to have ignored the order and went ahead to engage in the construction.

The group alleged that 
Ikeayom had boasted that he would continue to construct the stores along the Otigba borrowpit First Gate, opposite Holy Ghost Estate along Onitsha-Otuocha road with or without necessary approvals.

He was said to have  also said that  he does not bother even if the building blocked the Onitsha-Otuocha High way.

The members of the Layout said they had earlier laid their complaint to Oyi Local Government Area , asking the State Physical Planning Board to beam their searchlight at the place mentioned so as to stop with immediate effect the ongoing construction of the buildings on the major road.

They said : " The entire community of Otigba Enuovuve Layout Nkwelle Ezunaka are complaining bitterly about the activities of this notorious land grabber who has formed the habit of grabbing people's land and erecting structures on wrong and  any available spaces without approval".

They alleged that Ikeayom had boasted that no jupiter can stop him from erecting the building because he has rosy relationship with the Police in the State and some individuals in government agencies.

The Concerned group appealed to the State Physical Planning Board to come to their rescue and immediately remove this offensive structures which is obstructing the major high way at the Otigba Enuovuve Layout, Nkwelle -Ezunaka.

Contacting Mr. Ikeayom to react on the allegations, he said,  he is not a land grabber and did not erect building in unapproved place as the non-existent concerned group claimed.
He also said that he did not block any major road, saying that he bought the portion of where he is now erecting buildings from Akpukwu family of Enuovuve and paid necessary levies to the Landlord Association.

He confirmed that Police from zone 13 Ukpo invited him but after he made statement one of his brothers bailed him. They however told him to report on June 12, 2023.

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