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Delta Community Leaders Warn Mischief Makers to Stay-off Billionaire Philanthropist

Community leaders, stakeholders and youths of the Idumuje Ugboko Community in Aniocha North local government of Delta state have said attempts to drag an illustrious son of the town, Prince Ned Nwoko into investigations over alleged acts of criminality in the community  would  fail.

Members of the community said they were happy with the indelible and singular effort of  their son and philanthropist, Ned Nwoko to bring Idumuje Ugboko community on the global map of development.

They called on those whose stock in trade was to promote disunity and violence against innocent indigenes of the community for their selfish interest to immediately retrace their steps.

They said some persons currently facing prosecution based on  allegations bothering on act of terrorism, arson  and abuse, will have their days in court to answer allegations against them and wondered why Prince Ned, a peace loving Philanthropist should be fingered in their ordeal.

Chief Fred Chuwku, a stakeholder in the community, in a statement following a viral post which attributed the crisis in the community to allegation against Ned Nwoko of land grabbing and oppression, said the philanthropist  acquired the said expanse of land following due process of land acquisition.

“It is most unfortunate that these same people who are had masterminded the wanton destructions in the community could even speak up and blame their ordeal on an innocent man whose worry is to put smile on the faces of Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion or creed.

Similarly,  the media aide to Prince Ned, Ifetayo Adeniyi, said those who sponsored the story did not make proper finding on the alleged land grabbing case and noted that it was misleading that the 100 acres of land were yet to be developed.

“There was no plan whatsoever by Ned to deceive the members of the community considering the fact that the same Ned has given scholarship to countless members of the community and it would be detrimental to drag his name in the mud”

He noted: “About 5 years ago, he proposed that he wanted to build a University in the community and the Obi in Council (appointed by late Obi to deal on community Land) gave him the land with a caveat that if in 5 years he didn’t do anything on the land they will take it back.

“The said land will be like an equity contribution from the Idumuje Ugboko community more like a joint venture for the community to own 40% and he paid money to the community and clan heads for their crops compensation and extra land he acquired.

“I can tell you categorically that if you go there today construction of the first sport University in Africa, is ongoing.  NUC team were there to see the level of work. So it is preposterous and unfair to accuse him of bullying the same community people he has always protected and supported”

“The heinous crimes by these culprits, their refusal to appear in court after several adjournments, court bench warrants issued and court officials who went with police to execute warrants were beaten up and assaulted”

“Some of the defendants arrested and arraigned but granted bail on stringent conditions and their crimes has nothing to do with land dispute. Land disputes are in civil courts,” he stated.

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