Clash over market land in Onitsha
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Market women at the Pocket Layout Market Woliwo, Fegge, Onitsha in Anambra State had clashed with the Ukwa family of Onitsha over ownership of the land where the market was sited.
The women who are mostly widows and numbered over 500 claimed that goods worth millions of naira has been destroyed in their shops.
The women were led by Anthonia Nnamele and Theresa Chukwuemeka, who lamented Anambra State Government allocated land with papers to them where their various shops were built but were surprised when the Ukwa family asked them to vacate the land.
Nnamele said it was the administration of Dr. Jim Nwobodo, the Onitsha South Local Government Area authorities, and the then Obi of Onitsha, that issued them the allocation papers and approval before they started erecting structures in the early 1980s.
She further added that the cost of building her shop as of then was N180,000 and have been trading there without harassment from government officials or any family until the Ukwa family came and served them quit notice with the claim that they have won the government in a court matter over the land.
A representative and also consultant of the Ukwa family of Onitsha, Tony Onyido, said that they only took over what belongs to them which has been denied them over the years.
He said five years ago they went back to court and finally the government recognized they are the authentic owners of the land, which made them have a newspaper publication last year and gave the general public notice that anybody who is laying claim to the land should come to Anambra State Ministry of Lands to show ownership after 21 days nobody came to contest it and government gazetted it as the Ukwas’.