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104year old woman loses house over land tussle at Nnewi

SOS sent to Governor Obiano, others

The new year of 2020 started badly for a 104 year old woman, Ma Magret Onwuelo of Umuenem Otolo Nnewi following the demolition of her bungalow apartment over land tussle.

According to a correspondent, Toby Chuks, the house was demolished by suspected hoodlums allegedly hired by those interested in taking over the land where the old woman lives.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that the hoodlums who came into the area in droves and in large numbers were sighted in company of some highly placed persons said to be land developers ready to take over the land.

According to the eyewitness, the hoodlums who were mostly strange faces to the area started arriving in batches at about 9am and suddenly increased in numbers while waiting for their backers who came and pointed at the house from about 100 meters away.

The eyewitness stated that they descended on every available structure in the area immediately they secured order to act from their backers and ensured the demolition of the house where the old woman lives.

“They pulled down the fence, broke the provision store in front of the house and took all the provisions and drank off all the beer, the hot drinks, all the soft drink as well and cigarettes.

“They finished everything including the money inside the shop, nothing was left,” the eyewitness added.

Narrating her ordeal to our correspondent through Felicia her only surviving daughter, Ma Onwuelo attributed the attack to land tussle.

She noted that she has been under pressure from some highly placed people close to her family members to give up the land but she refused because the land belongs to her.

She said that she acquired the land way back in 1953 with her late husband Chief Edward Onwuelo with 50 pounds adding that trouble started when some people became desperate to take over the land following the death of her eldest son.

She cried out that the perpetrators want her dead by fire by force so that they can take over the land but thank God she escaped by whiskers adding that she lost everything inside the house including her medications.

She said that at the moment she is surviving through the help of her neighbors and relations who were eyewitnesses and called on Governor Willie Obiano, well meaning people of Nnewi, philanthropists, Churches and NGOs to come to her aid.

When contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer Anambra State Police State Command SP Haruna Mohammed said the Command is yet to know about the incident advising the woman to report the matter to the police.

ElombahNews got in touch with a resident of the kindred, simply known as Digital, who claimed to have knowledge of the disputed land.

Our reporter engaged him on WhatsApp and the following conversation ensued:

ElombahNews: It was alleged that Ibeto demolished a building belonging to a 104 years old woman. How factual is that story?

Digital: False!

ElombahNews: Is the land previously in dispute?

Digital: No, not in dispute.

ElombahNews: Is Ibeto related to the woman?

Digital: We are all from the same kindred called Umuenem [in Otolo-Nnewi]. 

The woman pitched tent with Dr Emeka Onwuelo and collect lands and some part of the house that belonged to a boy who is a legitimate child and who will inherit those properties.

Our Obi and Umunna treated the issue. The community treated as well and passed same verdict that the boy is the owner.

But because the boy is poor he has no one to speak for him when they brought it to the larger family called Umuenem.

ElombahNews: Is Ibeto related to the woman?

Digital: Ibeto came in and we all agreed that we will all stop that Emeka. Ibeto is part of the decision.

It’s Umuenem that is doing the wish that Ibeto is part of.

ElombahNews: What could be stated as a factual side of the story?

Digital: The old woman is 94. She is our sister married in Nnobi and came back to his fathers house.

Went and adopted a male child and insisted that the adopted child will inherit all and send the legitimate child parking.

She gave Dr Emeka Onwuelo one plot if he help him to achieve dis. Emeka had fenced the one she gave him.

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