Uvwie women protesting against an alleged army’s takeover of land in Delta State
By Enaibo Asiayei
The people of Uvwie in Delta state, after waiting patiently for so long without getting justice from the Judiciary, the National Assembly and even the presidency, have decided to beat the drums of war as they are now ready to damn any consequence to resist the continued illegal acquisition and occupation of their land by the Army authorities under the control of General Buratai whom they alleged has adamantly refused to obey the National Assembly and presidential orders
ln a press release made available to newsmen by the lead counsel to the Uvwie people, Chief V. E. Otomiewo, stated that the Uvwie people have finally resolved to take their destinies into their hands since Nigerian Army authority has bluntly refused to comply with the order of Mr. President and the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition.
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 sign posts with the inscription – “ARMY LAND, KEEP OFF”.
According to him, 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.
Otomiewo in his summation posited and stressed with emphasis that the Uvwie people have decided to take their destinies in their hands and have risen up in unity with one voice to decisively say enough is definitely enough of the Buratai yoke which must be broken.
Protesting women carrying placards who were highly agitated, vehemently spoke against the army’s occupation of Uvwie land. Mrs. Nigthingale Chunu, Mrs Victoria Ifife, Mrs Sarah Agoda and Mrs Magaret Egbenive who spoke on behalf of the mammoth crowd of the protesting women maintained that there will be no peace until the army vacates their land, chanting war songs and calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their aid.
They all expressed optimism standing on the principles of equity and justice that with God on their side, the Uvwie people will prevail in the battle against the army land grabbing attitude and their rudely behavior of flouting a presidential and a National Assembly order.
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