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 group, Hon. Nnaemeka Aleke.
Obukpa is likely one of the host communities of UNN.
Quickly after the go well with was filed, the standard ruler of Ajuona Obukpa Autonomous Neighborhood, HRH, Igwe Mathias Ezea, wrote a letter to the UNN, whereby he distanced himself and the group from the courtroom motion.
The protest by the youths, in solidarity with Aleke, is a counter to the motion of the standard ruler.
Throughout 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 in the course of the protest, a Human Rights Activist, Obiora Omeje, who mentioned he volunteered to organise the youths to make sure peace and order, mentioned the group had suffered a lot wreckage from the devastating flood.
Omeje equally maintained that the Obukpa group, 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 over time.
Additionally talking, the youth chief of Ejuona Obukpa group, Michael Ugwu, whereas asking those that wrote the counter letter to UNN, together with the standard ruler of the group, Igwe Ezea, to withdraw it with instant impact, alleged that a number of the signatories to the letter had been cast.
He additionally mentioned, “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 group wrote a counter letter to the college, distancing the group 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 group wrote the counter letter and we’re not pleased about it. The authorized adviser to the standard ruler, Barr. Paully Eze is equally a kind of that wrote the counter letter.
“The group just isn’t in help of the counter letter and need 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 group 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 regarding the counter letter.”
Additionally, one other group member, Ekene Ugwuanyi, who spoke in the course of the protest, mentioned the group was uninterested in the “promise and fail,” antics of UNN in addressing the difficulty of environmental degradation locally.
He equally mentioned that the youths of the group would proceed to protest till their calls for had been met by UNN, including that the case of forgery by the saboteurs could be tackled squarely.
The visibly offended protesters, with placards inscribed, “UNN, even widespread roads to your host group; UNN, our houses have been destroyed by flood out of your campus. Sufficient is sufficient; Obukpa just isn’t an erosion diversion zone. Repair our roads,” amongst others, marched to the residence of the Ajuona conventional ruler. Nevertheless, his gate was beneath lock and key.
Addressing the protesters at his palace , the standard ruler of Owerre Obukpa, HRH, Igwe Evaristus Eze instructed the youths that they had been combating a simply trigger.
The monarch, who equally suggested the youths to be peaceable in the course of the protest, instructed them to not be bothered in regards to the counter letter, assuring them that the group had assembled a staff of attorneys to maintain it.
When reached, the City Union President, Ozioko, refused to touch upon the counter letter on the bottom that he was driving.