Youths from Obukpa Neighborhood, in Nsukka Native Authorities Space of Enugu State, on Friday, took to the streets of their numbers protesting what they known as alleged degradation of their surroundings by the College of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN.
The protest was in help of a N100m go well with already slammed on the College by a member of the neighborhood, Hon. Nnaemeka Aleke.
Obukpa is likely one of the host communities of UNN.
Quickly after the go well with was filed, the normal ruler of Ajuona Obukpa Autonomous Neighborhood, HRH, Igwe Mathias Ezea, wrote a letter to the UNN, whereby he distanced himself and the neighborhood from the courtroom motion.
The protest by the youths, in solidarity with Aleke, is a counter to the motion of the normal ruler.
In the course of the protest, the youths warned these they described as “saboteurs” to desist from additional actions able to thwarting efforts being made to treatment their surroundings from the menace of flood and erosion.
Addressing journalists throughout the protest, a Human Rights Activist, Obiora Omeje, who stated he volunteered to organise the youths to make sure peace and order, stated the neighborhood had suffered a lot wreckage from the devastating flood.
Omeje equally maintained that the Obukpa neighborhood, as one of many peaceable hosts to the primary indigenous College in Nigeria, deserved different Company Social Obligations apart from the degradation they’ve been struggling through the years.
Additionally talking, the youth chief of Ejuona Obukpa neighborhood, Michael Ugwu, whereas asking those that wrote the counter letter to UNN, together with the normal ruler of the neighborhood, Igwe Ezea, to withdraw it with instant impact, alleged that a number of the signatories to the letter have been cast.
He additionally stated, “This protest is all about registering our disappointment with the dangerous leaders in Ajuona Obukpa. One in every of our brothers sued UNN as a result of the flood from the establishment is damaging our properties and endangering our lives and a few saboteurs from the neighborhood wrote a counter letter to the college, distancing the neighborhood and themselves from the go well with.
“The standard ruler, the City Union President, Fabian Ozioko, and one Sunday Asadu, impersonating to be a youth chief of the neighborhood wrote the counter letter and we’re not pleased about it. The authorized adviser to the normal ruler, Barr. Paully Eze is equally a kind of that wrote the counter letter.
“The neighborhood will not be in help of the counter letter and wish them to withdraw it instantly. The youths of Obukpa are in complete help of the go well with by Aleke, demanding that UNN settle the neighborhood for the damages they’ve incurred from flooding and erosion.
“The saboteurs equally cast the signature of the religious head of the Umu Esege clan who’s the oldest man in Obukpa as being a part of the counter letter. The religious chief has washed off his fingers from something referring to the counter letter.”
Additionally, one other neighborhood member, Ekene Ugwuanyi, who spoke throughout the protest, stated the neighborhood was bored with the “promise and fail,” antics of UNN in addressing the problem of environmental degradation in the neighborhood.
He equally stated that the youths of the neighborhood would proceed to protest till their calls for have been met by UNN, including that the case of forgery by the saboteurs can be tackled squarely.
The visibly indignant protesters, with placards inscribed, “UNN, even widespread roads in your host neighborhood; UNN, our properties have been destroyed by flood out of your campus. Sufficient is sufficient; Obukpa will not be an erosion diversion zone. Repair our roads,” amongst others, marched to the residence of the Ajuona conventional ruler. Nevertheless, his gate was below lock and key.
Addressing the protesters at his palace , the normal ruler of Owerre Obukpa, HRH, Igwe Evaristus Eze advised the youths that they have been preventing a simply trigger.
The monarch, who equally suggested the youths to be peaceable throughout the protest, advised them to not be bothered in regards to the counter letter, assuring them that the neighborhood had assembled a staff of legal professionals to deal with it.
When reached, the City Union President, Ozioko, refused to touch upon the counter letter on the bottom that he was driving.