Thursday, July 7, 2022

Ifitedunu PG Crisis: ‘Stop instigating crisis in Ifitedunu’ — IPA cautions Soludo’s Commissioner

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…Urge Gov. Soludo to call Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Tonycollins Nwabunwanne to order.

PRESS RELEASE:

INSTIGATION OF MORE CRISIS IN IFITEDUNU, DUNUKOFIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ANAMBRA STATE, BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CHIEFTAINCY MATTERS, ANAMBRA STATE, HON. TONYCOLLINS NWABUNWANNE.

We write to notify you of the impending doom, sought to be brought on the people of Ifitedunu, by the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Tonycollins Nwabunwanne and to seek your urgent intervention to avert this ploy.

This request is borne out of our concern for the welfare of the good citizens of Ifitedunu Town and the need to foster peace and harmony in Ifitedunu Town and Anambra State to a large extent. The recent moves by the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Tonycollins Nwabunwanne, to unconstitutionally impose/reinstall the duly removed former President General of Ifitedunu Town Union (I.T.U.), is capable of causing a total breakdown of law and order and in extension, a state of anarchy in Ifitedunu Town.

Our sources have revealed that, the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Tonycollins Nwabunwanne, has been induced with money, by the impeached President General of I.T.U., Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili), who is equally his close ally, to unconstitutionally reinstall him as the President General of I.T.U. It was revealed that the Honourable Commissioner has openly condemned the past government of his Excellency, Chief Willie Mmaduaburochukwu Obiano, for the removal of Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili), as the President General of I.T.U., as being unjust and boasted to use his office to restore him back at all cost, having set plans in motion.

We wish to notify you that, Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili), the former President General of I.T.U., was removed in a well constituted meeting of I.T.U., where indigenes of Ifitedunu, who were all dissatisfied with his arbitrary style of leadership, passed a vote of no confidence to him. The then government of his Excellency, Chief Willie Mmaduaburochukwu Obiano, subsequently endorsed the will of the people and constituted about three (3) caretaker committees consecutively, since his removal. The leadership of Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili), was not just arbitrary, it ushered in criminality into Ifitedunu Town, which resulted to brutal killings.

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An instance of the criminal activities that marred his administration is the Nkwo Ifitedunu bloodbath, where Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili) employed some unknown gunmen, who caused havoc, committed murder, maimed and injured a lot of people. In this sad event, a boy’s leg was amputated and another person broke his spinal cord. The criminal matters which ensued after this bloodbath at Nkwo Ifitedunu is still pending at the Anambra State High, Neni Judicial Division, Court 2, in suit no.:NN/6C/2022, with some of the perpetrators of these crimes now held at the Nigeria Correctional Center, Amawbia, while others are still at large.

Also Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili) in his days as the President General of I.T.U., printed an illegal paper, which he usedc to collect illegal revenues from the people of Ifitedunu, in the guise that it was approved by the then government of his Excellency, Chief Willie Mmaduaburochukwu Obiano. He perpetrated this illegal revenue collection until the people of Ifitedunu complained bitterly to the then Governor, who debunked giving him such authorization. Sadly, this act was done at a time when other community leaders were giving out alms and charity to members of their communities, to mitigate the harsh economic challenges. Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili) on his own part, set up illegal avenue and extorted monies from the people.

An insider source has revealed that, a meeting was held between the Honourable Commissioner and Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili), where the Honourable Commissioner requested for the sum of Five Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N 5,200,000.00), from Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili), which will be applied to settle some of his colleagues that will ordinary oppose his reinstallation as the President General of I.T.U.

We state that such move is immoral and poses threat to the peace and order currently enjoyed by the people of Ifitedunu and we call on the Honourable Commissioner to use the office he occupies to serve the people and bring peace to ndi Anambra and indigenes of Ifitedunu, rather than using same to instill crisis and turn Ifitedunu to a theater of war.

We appreciate the efforts of our action Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo in ensuring that there peace and harmony in the State and we wish that the Honourable Commissioner will follow the footsteps of his principal in ensuring ndi Anambra, particularly the indigenes of Ifitedunu, a peaceful environment.

Reinstalling Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili) as the President General of I.T.U., is akin to opening our borders for unknown gunmen to start operating, killing people and snatching sleep from indigenes of Ifitedunu. Evidence of all the atrocities committed during the regime of Mr. Uchenna Oragwuncha (Isimmili), are available for public consumption.

The seat of President General of I.T.U., is such a delicate one that requires careful considerations, including the will of the people, before decisions are made on who occupies same. As such, it is not at the disposal of any person, including the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to use in compensating his allies.

We are calling on our amiable and peace loving Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, to intervene and avert this pending doom.

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Signed:
Ifitedunu Progressive Association

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