Wanted Persons, Land Grabbers Causing Confusion, Part Of Soludo Cabinet… Community Alleges
The people of Isuanocha, Awka North Local Government Area have blamed the crisis in their community on the activities of some members of the cabinet of Gov. Chukwuma Soludo
Chief Tony Onyeagolum, a former President General of the community said this while speaking to journalists in Awka on Monday.
Onyeagolum said Isuanocha had been in crisis with killings and destruction of property due to undue interference by some government appointees in the community leadership and their involvement in land grabbing activities.
He said the government of chief Willie Obiano had set up a Panel to investigate the remote cause of the incessant crises in Isuaniocha which indicted some of current appointees while wondering why persons identified as key players in the matter would become advisers to governor Soludo on security.
He said the officials who were part of the Soludo government had been indicted and declared wanted by the Nigerian Police.
He called on the governor to investigate the characters of those working in his government and avoid encircling himself with people with questionable backgrounds who could cast slur on his administration.
He said appointing such people as government actors especially in the area of security was not in the best interest of the people.
According to him, the recent appointment of One Mr Cosmos Okonkwor as Special Adviser to the governor on Security matters despite the fact that he had been declared wanted by the Nigerian Police cast doubt on the general belief that the new administration means well for the people.
“We have somebody in Awka North called Chikodi Anara who is the new Commissioner for Homeland Affairs and former Adviser to Willie Obiano on Security, he is the one that is behind the entire issues in my community Isuaniocha.
“We are worried that governor Soludo will appoint persons declared wanted by police to deepen the problem we have.
“Governor Soludu recently set up a committee of people to report injustice , corruption and insecurity matters in all the communities including Isuaniocha, this is a commendable step, by why will such persons with questionable backgrounds be appointed when we have credible people everywhere,” he queried.
Onyeagolu called on the government to run a background check on the characters of persons he wished to appoint into his administration especially on security to avoid bringing people who will be working against his noble ideas and manifesto.
He said those who recommended Okonkwo did so in order to sabotage the ongoing investigations into the atrocities committed in his Community.
He further alleged that a Security vehicle of community vigilance group was impounded by Defunct SARS and is currently parked at Awkuzu and urges the governor to ask questions about it instead of giving them new vehicles.
“The crisis in Isuanocha started in 2018 and it would have been resolved if not for some persons working inside the government who use their influence to cause trouble in various communities in Awka North.
“So I am pleading with the amiable governor to look into the matter . Cosmos Okonkwo, Edward Okoye, Chinedu Nwoye and the rest of them, giving them access to guns will empower them to continue their nefarious activities that made the Police declare them wanted”.
“Isuaniocha case started in 2018 when some few elements including the ones now appointed as Advisers started selling Community Secondary School Isuaniocha land , under my watch as the President General.
” I opposed the illegal sale of land and they removed me using the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters Mr Greg Obi, without hearing my own side of the story.
“How can Isuaniocha people who elected me in May 2017 remove me
on Dec. 7 2018 ? After my removal, another PG came on board , they also sacked him, molested him, destroyed his property.
“The Nigeria Police Force headquarters has been inviting the Former Security Adviser to appear before it but instead he chose to send delegations to meditate on his behalf rather than appearing to explain his involvement in the Isuaniocha crisis.
“We therefore called on the government to set up an independent panel that will visit the area , speak with aged people, leaders, youths and women with a view to bringing a lasting solution and peace to our town.