On Deserted Properties:
This put up 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 as we speak’s Rivers State. Notice that Rivers State wasn’t created then, as such, the administration of PH was carried out 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 pals, brothers, relations, and many others 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 robotically denied you the technique of livelihood
However that’s what the Japanese Area did to their neigbours.
Take explicit observe that as at then, PH was essentially the most viable metropolis in the whole East, so the necessity to personal property there was an indication of affluence for the powers that be in Enugu. In order that they sat in Enugu and shared out lands belonging to different folks
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 achieve traction. This is without doubt one of the causes when finally the Civil Battle 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”
Thankfully, Gowon created the primary 12 States together with Rivers State thereby successfully pulling out the PH space from Japanese Area.
Once more, observe that the abolition of State creation was one among 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 as a result of 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 Navy Governor, the Biafrans refused him from coming all the way down to type 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 Present, by way of buy or by way of inheritance. If it’s by way of buy, there have to be a Deed of Conveyance and Survey. The Deed conveys possession of the land from the vendor to the customer
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 essential to state that the Committee sat for over 9months inside which many circumstances have been reviewed
After its sittings, it was found that truly, these lands have been forcefully taken as a result of lots of the socalled patrons couldn’t current Deeds from the indegenuous house owners, as a substitute most introduced Allocation Papers from then Japanese Regional Govt
Nevertheless, it have to be said that some who truly bought and had their paperwork have been allowed to proceed proudly owning their homes until date. There’s a case as current as from yr 2000 when a person who truly purchased lands and constructed on it was awarded possession of his home by the Supreme Courtroom 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 drive, the regulation was utilized. The regulation is that whoever owns a land owns the whole lot ontop of it. On this occasion, the regulation was utilized
Notice once more that some folks claimed that their paperwork have been burnt or received lacking in the course of the Civil Battle however as everybody is aware of, until date, the Nationwide Archives in Enugu was not affected by the warfare, that means that paperwork saved there have been and are nonetheless secure. That’s why there are nonetheless colonial paperwork there until date.
So, the query right here is, when you 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 are usually not registered with obligatory governmental authorities?
Lastly, I’ve taken this lengthy to jot down this solely to tell those that genuinely want the data of what occurred.
Now, i inform my Igbo pals that we should construct a future collectively and to start out it’s to not deny our pasts. The pasts are essential elements of as we speak and tomorrow, so let’s not deny it. Let’s additionally not brood endlessly over it, moderately we should always see them as errors that have been made, each human is open to creating errors
Let’s additionally not faux 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 folks in unity and peace. For those who take away folks’s possession by drive 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 carried out identical have been they within the place of the minorities
If as we speak, 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 all the time heard, on this case, that of “Deserted Properties” whereas no one asks of the “Dispossessed Lands or Financial Genocide”
Importantly, let it’s famous that the problem didn’t cease on the State Govt, it went as much as the Supreme Courtroom 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 put up is to place the data straight with a view to correctly informing the general public on what truly 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 moderately ought to use it to construct sustainable peace amongst our folks
Lands are essential within the East for all folks, it’s for it’s sake that Aguleri & Umuleri are locked in limitless conflicts years on, it is usually for its goal that Onitsha and Obosi fought and are nonetheless subtly preventing as we speak, years after. I have no idea of any individuals who can be so dispossessed that gained’t really feel unhealthy
What’s instructive with this problem is that there was and isn’t any Igbo vs Niger Delta Battle on this matter, solely few grasping Igbos who constituted themselves Lord made this tragic historic mistake and never the whole 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 pals are doing now as a result of they believe the Presidency is probably across the nook, a motive 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 Canine lie..