Police To Prosecute Commissioner Over Alleged Land Deal


The Enugu State Commissioner
for Lands, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ujam, may soon be brought to book if found wanting in his alleged involvement in a land scandal belonging to a Federal Government agency in Enugu, the capital city.
Our correspondent reports that Dr. Ujam is being accused of re- allocating a piece of land belonging to the South East Zonal Office of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to St. Joseph’s Vocational Institute, Enugu, after allegedly collecting gratification from the School.
The land in question, plot M23D located at Independence layout (Main), Enugu according to investigation, was officially allocated to NEMA by the Enugu State Government in 2008, for the erection of its South East zonal office.
According to a reliable source close to the agency, who do not want his name mentioned in print,  “after paying all the necessary and relevant land fees to the  Enugu State Government, NEMA, was issued with a certificate of occupancy (C of O) No, 039348 on march 21, 2011. But surprisingly, on July 2, 2013, the federal government disaster handling agency, noticed that there was an encroachment on the land, which it immediately reported to the state ministry of lands”.
The source added that despite government declaration that the land belongs to NEMA after the formal complaint, the encroachment continued, adding that “As a way of halting further encroachment, NEMA, mobilised its contractor to site on 6th December, 2013, for the commencement of work, but sadly, the contractor, and his men were attacked, seriously beaten, and arrested by some armed hoodlums, believed to be working for the trespasser at the site.”
The attack, the source further said, was also reported to relevant state government agencies and the police, saying “it was at that point  that the police came in and invited NEMA and the trespasser for discussion, pointing out that prior to police intervention, the encroacher was faceless.
It was also learnt that shortly after the police waded into the matter which was assigned to a Deputy Superintendent of Police, (DSP) Godwin Wekwan, of the state Intelligence Bureau, it ordered both parties in the matter to stay clear of the land.
The idea was to enable the security operatives carry out their own private investigation with a view to ascertaining the authentic owner of the controversial land.
It was also reported that while NEMA complied with the police directive, the second party, St. Joseph Institute, continued with construction work at the site, even as one of its ongoing building has reached advanced stage at the moment.