Delta community petitions Buhari over Army’s refusal to obey presidential order
Uvwie community in Delta state has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the Nigerian Army’s (NA) refusal to obey presidential order.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports the Uvwie community led by its lead counsel, Barrister Victor Otomiewo, petitioned the President for the NA’s alleged continued illegal acquisition and occupation of ancestral land belonging to the Uvwie people.
While the National Assembly issued a directive since March 29, 2018 for the NA to vacate the land, the presidency had on June 25, 2018 issued a directive as well for the Army to vacate the said land.
Barr. Otomiewo expressed disgust for the Army flagrant disobedience of court order, President and the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions orders for the army authorities to return the occupied land.
Otomiewo warned that the prevailing relative peace enjoyed in the Warri axis of the Niger Delta had been threatened as the Uvwie people have exhausted their patience.
He said the people were ready to resist what he described as the continued illegal acquisition and occupation of Uvwie land by the Army authorities under the control of Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, whom they alleged have refused to obey the NA and presidential orders.
Otomiewo asserted that since Nigerian Army authorities have refused to vacate the land, the Uvwie people would be left with no option than to resort to square up with the Army.
He recalled that sometime in December 2017 and January 2018, the Uvwie people took their agitations for the release of their land by the Army authorities to the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions.
“We were able to make a case to the committee for the release of our land and the Army high command was unable to produce any single document to establish the Army’s continued hold on our land under the guise of a supposed acquisition.
“In June 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Army High Command to stop the selling of the land of the Uvwie people to private developers.
“But instead of adhering to the President’s order, the Army High command had been persistent in their activities for selfish reason,” Otomiewo narrated while addressing a press conference recently in Warri.
He disclosed that recently, the Army invaded Ohorhe Town, an Uvwie Community sharing boundary with the land supposedly acquired by the Army and planted several signposts with the inscription: “ARMY LAND, KEEP OFF”.
He alleged that the military authorities have concluded plans to invade the town and pull down every structure with a view to plot out the lands for sale to private developers through the instrumentality of the Nigerian Army Properties Limited, a company incorporated by the Army authorities with Gen. Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, as one of its directors.
All efforts to speak with the Army Public Relations office were unsuccessful as repeated calls got no response as at the time of filing this report.