Irate youths have reportedly destroyed no fewer than 150 uncompleted buildings in Oba, in the ldemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The structures, belonging to members of the Udodimma Estate Landlords Association, were allegedly pulled down today, July 13 following a dispute on the land.
Speaking to newsmen, the President General of the Udodimma Landlords Association, Frederick Chukwu, said that members of the group bought the land from the original owners.
Chukwu who called on the state Governor, Willie Obiano, to intervene said: “nobody told us that the land was in contention or any kind of dispute, neither did anybody come to disturb us since seven years ago when we bought it and started building.
“We were surprised that some people from Okuzu Mbana community, particularly a very rich man from the community, sponsored the destruction of our houses, making us incur losses of over N1bn on the over 150 ongoing building constructions.”
Reacting, the Chairman of Okuzu Mbana village, Chino Anachuna, denied knowledge of the association.
“The people claiming to be members of the association knew they were in the wrong hands, but were assured of protection by the people who were illegally selling land to them.
“We were shouting that time, but they connived with the people selling land to them to beat and use weapons on our people, because they compromised all security agents that could come for them.”