The Imo State Government, on Friday, February 19, announced the recovery of the Royal Palm Estate along Akachi road in Owerri, the capital.
It was gathered that this was in compliance with the directive of the Imo state gazette on the report of the Judicial Commission of Enquiry on the recovery of Lands and other related matters.
Accordingly, this was as a result of the recommendation of the commission; that all illegal lands and structures acquired by the administrations between 2006-2019.
A statement issued by the office of Imo Governor, Hope Uzodinma stated, “The present administration is therefore not resting on its oars in recovering all the stolen properties of the state; especially those carted away by the previous administration and in line with the 3R mantra initiative of Gov. Hope Uzodimma, the state must continue to work; in line with the relevant laws and recommendations of government agencies and commissions no matter whose ox is gored.
“Recall that the Judicial Commission of Enquiry on Recovery of Lands and Other Related Matters was one out of the many panels constituted by the Emeka Ihedioha’s administration which Gov. Hope Uzodimma has demonstrated high sense of political maturity and playing above party politics to allow the panels work and adopt their recommendations.”
Meanwhile, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Friday, February 19, defended his comment about armed herders; explaining that he used AK-47 as a figure of speech for protection. Mohammed made this clarification during a new interview.
“It is a figure of speech to show you the despondence, the desperation and frustration; … the agony that this particular person is exposed to by his own people; by his own tribe, and by other tribes who have all seen him as a criminal…Therefore, he has the inalienable right to protect himself,” the governor said.
“What I said in that context, I was addressing the media people. And the topic was the use of the media to foster national unity…I was trying to situate the problem,” Mohammed explained.
“The Fulani man is so exposed, dehumanised, demonised in fact; because he is being seen as a bandit and so, anywhere he goes, he is being pursued.”
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