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Former Nigerian Senate President, Ayim Pius Ayim, In Land Grabbing Scandal

Former Nigerian Senate President, Ayim Pius Ayim, In Land Grabbing Scandal

A former Nigerian Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, and others have
been dragged to the police by Ovumnte community in Ivo Local Government
Area of Ebonyi State over alleged forceful takeover and destruction of
economic farmlands, their only means of livelihood.

The community have already taken to peaceful protest to make the
Nigerian government aware of its plight.

In a petition to the state commissioner of police, the Ovumnte community
alleged that the former senate president was using his personality
powers alongside DPO of the Ivo Divisional Police Station, Mr. Daniel
Nwonu to forcefully takeover the Ovumnte-Amagu lands in Ishiagu, in the
area.

The community appealed to the Commissioner of Police to prosecute the
culprits, including  Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, Chinedu Nicholas Make, Peter
Ajah, Livinus Ukah, Godfrey Anyim, and others, who are currently
violating the orders of the High Court in Suit No: HSK/6/2020 by
destroying their farms including crops, palm trees, and other economic
trees, which are their only means of livelihood in line with the
applicable criminal laws of Nigeria.

They are also appealing that unprofessional acts/conducts of Mr. Daniel
Nwonu C. as DPO should be investigated and appropriate sanctions applied
to him.

While calling for his removal as DPO of the Ivo Police Division as his
continued stay does not guarantee the safety of their lives and
properties.

The Save Our Souls” (SOS) petition submitted on 23rd, June 2020 at
Office of the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Police was taken out
on the criminal grounds of “FORCIBLE ENTRY, WILLFUL/MALICIOUS
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, DISOBEDIENCE TO THE ORDER OF THE COURT,
ASSAULT/INDECENT ASSAULT, ASSAULT OCCASIONING HARM, ABUSE OF PUBLIC
OFFICE,  UNLAWFUL ARREST/FALSE IMPRISONMENT, AND CONDUCT LIKELY TO CAUSE

A BREACH OF PEACE”.

A part of the petition states that: “Sometime in the month of January
2020, Messers: Anyim Pius Anyim (the former Senate President of the
FRN), Chinedu Nicholas Make, Peter Ajah, Livinus Ukah, Godfrey Anyim,
and others, forcibly entered and embarked on the destruction of our
farms (including our crops, palm trees, and other economic trees, and
houses) at our Ovumnte-Amagu lands in Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area
of Ebonyi State.

Following the said destructions, we instituted Suit No: HSK/6/2020 at
the High Court of Ebonyi State, against the above-named persons.
Consequently, the court ordered that the _status quo_ should be
maintained by the parties to the suit pending the determination of the
suit.

However, since the 9th day of June 2020 even till the date of writing
this petition, the above-named persons have, in defiance to the said
Order of the Court, forcibly returned to our said lands and continued
the destruction of the remaining parts of our farms (including our
crops, palm trees, and other economic trees thereon).

“We have run to the incumbent Divisional Police Officer SP Daniel Nwonu
C. who is in charge of the Ivo Police Division, to whom we complained
about the said acts of Forcible Entry and Willful/Malicious Destruction
of our farms, but unfortunately to us, the above-named culprits have
bought over the SP Daniel Nwonu C. of D.P.O.

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“And therefore, rather than intervening in the situation to stop the
acts of willful/malicious destruction of our said farms, the SP Daniel
Nwonu C. of D.P.O who is a tenant to the said Anyim Pius Anyim, and who
has sold his said office and conscience to the culprits, joined forces
with the culprits to perpetrate numerous acts of intimidation and
inhumanity against us, which acts of intimidation/inhumanity include but
not limited to: desperate man-hunt, unlawful arrest, torturing and
detention of some of us whose farms are being destroyed by the
culprits”.

See the full petition as attached.

Earlier on the evening of 15th June, 2020, members of the Ovumnte
community had complained to the DPO in charge of the Divisional Police
Post in Ivo LGA, Mr. Daniel Nwonu, that their farms and lands were being
destroyed by Pius Anyim and others in disobedience to the preservative
orders of the High Court in Suit No:  HSK/6/2020, and pleaded with him
to stop the destruction.

The DPO vehemently refused to act or even investigate the matter and
told members of the Ovumnte community that the Police does not interfere
in land matters even if properties are being maliciously destroyed and
that they should go to Court and get another injunction.

When members of the community pressed him, he told them that the matter
regarding the land has been taken before a High Court of the FCT by Pius
Anyim and that he cannot handle an Abuja matter.

Mr. Daniel Nwonu’s employment in the Police force and his transfer to
Ivo LGA is said to have been influenced by Pius Anyim.

The DPO is also a tenant of Pius Anyim and has been willing tool to be
used by Pius Anyim and his thugs in dispossessing indigent land owners
of the Ovumnte community.

Recall that on the morning of 15th March, 2020, the indigent land owners
of Ovumnte community engaged in a peaceful protest over Chief Pius
Anyim’s use of thugs and the compromised DPO and his policemen to
intimidate members of the Ovumnte community. See the pictures as
attached and links to the videos.

The petitioners are praying the Commissioner of Police to prosecute the
culprits, including Messers: Anyim Pius Anyim, Chinedu Nicholas Makwe,
Peter Ajah, Livinus Ukah, Godfrey Anyim, and others, who are currently
violating the orders of the High Court in Suit No: HSK/6/2020 by
destroying their farms including crops, palm trees and other economic
trees, which are their only means of livelihood in line with the
applicable criminal laws of Nigeria.

The petitioners are also praying that unprofessional acts/conducts of
Mr. Daniel Nwonu C. as DPO should be investigated and appropriate
sanctions applied on him and that as a matter of urgency, Daniel Nwonu
C. should be removed as DPO of the Ivo Police Division as his continued
stay does not guarantee the safety of their lives and properties.

It is possible that there will be a mass arrest and detention of Ovumnte
Community members by Pius Anyim in response to this petition against
him.

The Police for reasons best known to them have preferred to arrest
persons who complained against the criminal acts of Pius Anyim and his
thugs in respect of the Ovumnte land grab case.

For examples, Pius Anyim sponsored Police Men from Abuja who unlawfully
arrested and detained Sir Moses Orji and his wife on 5th February, 2020
and further transferred the criminal complaint made by Sir Moses Orji
over the destruction of his farm at the Ebonyi State C.I.D to Abuja in
order to prevent the continuation of investigation into the criminal
case (See:
complainant-turns-accused-as-Anyim-use-police-to-arrest-man-who-accused-him-of-land-grabbing-destruction-of-farmland/
[1]).

On 16th June, 2020, Mr. Friday Ovia, a witness who saw Pharmacist
Chindeu Makwe (a Pharmacist and Director with the National Health
Insurance Scheme and a brother of Mr. Livinus Makwe, a Member
representing Ohaozara/Ivo in the Federal House of Representatives)
physically assault Mrs Orji on 12th June, 2020 was arrested on a trumped
charge after an incriminating material was planted in front of his
house.

On 17th June, 2020, Mrs Orji herself was arrested and detained by Police
men from Abakaliki after she had complained to the Police about
Pharmacist Chindeu Makwe’s assault on her person.

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