On Deserted Properties:
This submit is for posterity sake and to tell those that aren’t correctly knowledgeable
Recall that at Independence, Nigeria operated the Regional System whereas PH fell into then Japanese Area with Ndigbo because the dominant ethnic Nationality
Although the bulk, there have been and are nonetheless small ethnic teams which aren’t Igbos.
The town of PH, then Japanese Nigeria’s foremost Metropolis belongs to the Minorities which are present in right now’s Rivers State. Notice that Rivers State wasn’t created then, as such, the administration of PH was performed from Enugu
Sadly, the PH lands have been systematically taken away from the indegenuous house owners who’re predominantly farmers and alloted by the Japanese Regional Govt in Enugu to their mates, brothers, relations, and so forth with little or no consideration to how those that owned these lands would survive being that they’re primarily farmers. As farmers, whoever takes away your land has dedicated genocide towards you as a result of they’ve mechanically denied you the technique of livelihood
However that’s what the Japanese Area did to their neigbours.
Take specific word that as at then, PH was essentially the most viable metropolis in all the East, so the necessity to personal property there was an indication of affluence for the powers that be in Enugu. So that they sat in Enugu and shared out lands belonging to different individuals
This act was resisted by the Minorities however as a result of the levers of powers have been managed from Enugu, the resistance was not capable of acquire traction. This is among the causes when finally the Civil Warfare broke out, the Minorities refused to again Biafra. It’s their refusal to again Biafra that led to the labelling and killing of a whole bunch of individuals from the minorities beneath the guise of “Saboteurs”
Luckily, Gowon created the primary 12 States together with Rivers State thereby successfully pulling out the PH space from Japanese Area.
Once more, word that the abolition of State creation was one in all Ojukwu’s demand in Aburi, Ghana once they went for peace assembly
Alternatively, Ojukwu requested that ought to the state creation maintain, that Rivers State shouldn’t be a state of it’s personal. The Niger Deltans until date imagine it was because of the curiosity in PH lands that made Ojukwu to make such calls for however thank goodness, Gowon rejected that and created Rivers State
Upon her creation and the appointment of Navy Cdr Diette-Spiff because it’s Army Governor, the Biafrans refused him from coming right down to kind govt in PH, till the Federal Troops liberated the realm
Now a State of it’s personal, the residents took their complaints to the State Govt saying their lands have been forcefully taken to construct mansions by peoplewho didn’t purchase the lands. Ordinarily, the one civil methods to personal lands are clear; Both as a Reward, by way of buy or by way of inheritance. If it’s by way of buy, there should be a Deed of Conveyance and Survey. The Deed conveys possession of the land from the vendor to the client
In response to the complaints, the State Govt setup a Verification Committee and requested all those that claimed they personal lands to current their paperwork with which they bought the lands to that Committee. It’s vital to state that the Committee sat for over 9months inside which many instances have been reviewed
After its sittings, it was found that really, these lands have been forcefully taken as a result of most of the socalled consumers couldn’t current Deeds from the indegenuous house owners, as an alternative most introduced Allocation Papers from then Japanese Regional Govt
Nonetheless, it should be said that some who really bought and had their paperwork have been allowed to proceed proudly owning their homes until date. There’s a case as latest as from yr 2000 when a person who really purchased lands and constructed on it was awarded possession of his home by the Supreme Court docket proper right here in PH after presentation of unique paperwork together with Deed from the locals and Survey Plan
However those that took lands by pressure, the regulation was utilized. The regulation is that whoever owns a land owns every thing ontop of it. On this occasion, the regulation was utilized
Notice once more that some individuals claimed that their paperwork have been burnt or bought lacking in the course of the Civil Warfare however as everybody is aware of, until date, the Nationwide Archives in Enugu was not affected by the battle, that means that paperwork saved there have been and are nonetheless protected. That’s why there are nonetheless colonial paperwork there until date.
So, the query right here is, if you happen to purchased land from the house owners they usually signed Deed for you and also you registered the land at then Lands Workplace, how come the workplace didn’t have copies of such paperwork, how come Archives didn’t even have such?
Is Chief Joe Igbokwe telling us that the land he purchased in Lagos doesn’t have Deeds or Survey Plans or is he saying the lands should not registered with obligatory governmental authorities?
Lastly, I’ve taken this lengthy to put in writing this solely to tell those that genuinely want the data of what occurred.
Now, i inform my Igbo mates that we should construct a future collectively and to start out it’s to not deny our pasts. The pasts are vital components of right now and tomorrow, so let’s not deny it. Let’s additionally not brood endlessly over it, slightly we should always see them as errors that have been made, each human is open to creating errors
Let’s additionally not fake these issues, particularly the depraved dispossession of the lands from their unique house owners didn’t occur. Sure, it occurred, however let’s be taught from it on how to not construct a individuals in unity and peace. When you take away individuals’s possession by pressure since you management energy, they’ll undoubtedly come for it once they see the chance to. It’s a human trait to take action and the Enugu guys would have performed identical have been they within the place of the minorities
If right now, Joe and Co are nonetheless speaking of Deserted Properties, they need to know that it touches on the very coronary heart of our existence and reminds us of the bitter experiences beneath Japanese Area and Biafra. Most individuals haven’t learn the experiences of the minorities in Japanese Area and Biafra, as a result of a few of them haven’t been correctly documented. And due to that, just one narrative is at all times heard, on this case, that of “Deserted Properties” whereas no person asks of the “Dispossessed Lands or Financial Genocide”
Importantly, let it’s famous that the difficulty didn’t cease on the State Govt, it went as much as the Supreme Court docket whereby it was dominated that whoever owns a land owns no matter is constructed on it, particularly when that land was acquired forcefully
Let me additionally say that the one essence of this submit is to place the information straight with a view to correctly informing the general public on what really transpired, in order that now and sooner or later, those that discover themselves on the Corridors of Energy in Africa would cease abusing it, they slightly ought to use it to construct sustainable peace amongst our individuals
Lands are vital within the East for all individuals, it’s for it’s sake that Aguleri & Umuleri are locked in infinite conflicts years on, additionally it is for its objective that Onitsha and Obosi fought and are nonetheless subtly combating right now, years after. I have no idea of any individuals who can be so dispossessed that received’t really feel unhealthy
What’s instructive with this concern is that there was and is not any Igbo vs Niger Delta Warfare on this matter, solely few grasping Igbos who constituted themselves Lord made this tragic historic mistake and never all the Igbo nation. As such, it’s the duty of our personal technology to right that mistake and construct a legacy of mutuality, respect and peaceable coexistence anchored on justice, to not whip up sentiments as Joe and his mates are doing now as a result of they think the Presidency is presumably across the nook, a cause for which they’ve begun to know who’s unique Igbo and who’s not.
We want them luck, all the identical
All of us higher let sleeping Canines lie..