PROTEST AGAINST NED NWOKO

 Two different women groups belonging to the Idumuje-Ugboko community under Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State protested in Asaba on Wednesday concerning Nigerian billionaire and former federal lawmakers, Ned Nwoko.

While one group accused him of tormenting indigenes and incarcerating their husbands, relatives, and sons over a piece of disputed land said to have been acquired by him, another group was singing his praises and condemning the action of the former.

Nwoko is being accusedof forcefully taking over several hectares of land belonging to members of thecommunity.

The protesting womenof various ages under the umbrella of Concerned Women of Idumuje-Ugboko, werearmed with placards bearing different inscriptions while storming the DeltaState Government House, Asaba, the capital, to register their grievances.

The women, who accused Nwoko of promoting the insecurity in the town, disclosed that their husbands, sons, and relatives were being incarcerated in Abuja on the orders of the Nigerian billionaire.

The protesting women also accused the local government council chairman of working for Nwoko by “legitimising illegality through the issuance of customary rights of occupancy on lands under customary dispute and legal litigation”.

In a petition toGovernor Ifeanyi Okowa, women of the community alleged that Nwoko forcefullydispossessed farmers of their ancestral land for private commercial ventures.

It reads, “We considerit in the worst interest of the state and humanity to destroy food and cashcrop farms and replace them with a golf course while leaving the owners with noalternative but a transition from being landlords to at best, tenants.”

The women wondered whythe Governor Okowa-led government had not deemed it fit to present a staff ofoffice to the traditional ruler, Obi Chukwunomso Nwoko, three years after hewas traditionally installed after all necessary tradition and customs had beenfollowed.

On the other hand, the group of protesting women said to have been sponsored by Ned Nwoko, stormed the state Government House in buses, saying those protesting against the former lawmaker were enemies of progress.

The pro-Nwoko protesters called on Governor Okowa not to recognise the community’s crowned prince as a traditional ruler by presenting him a staff of office even as they appealed to the governor to intervene in the crisis rocking the community.

NED NWOKO WITH NEW WIFE

The pro-Nwoko protesters disclosed that the land in question was legitimately acquired by the former lawmaker with the purpose of building a university and golf course.

Addressing the twogroups of women separately, the state’s Commissioner for Women Affairs, Socialand Community Development, Florence Alatan, assured them that their grievanceswould be addressed by the state government so as to find a lasting solution toall issues raised.