Trouble may be brewing between Awka, Anambra State, indigenes and the state government over compensation for lands it acquired freely as capital territory.
The capital city natives said they feel cheated that they were not compensated for their lands and other properties the government acquired when their community was taken over as capital territory.
Indigenes of Ezinano community in particular, on Thursday, vowed that they would not forfeit their land on the basis that their town was named the capital of the state decades ago.
In an elaborately attended meeting in Awka on Thursday, the community indigenes lamented that ever since it was named the capital of Anambra State, they have been losing their landed property to government without compensation.
They wondered if the status of the capital city is a blessing and not a curse to them.
For that reason, they have resolved to wrestle back their land acquired by the state government without due process, saying the property were handed to them by their forefathers and they are obligated to hand same to their children.
Elders and youths of the village, who assembled very early at the town’s village square, resolved: “in as much as Awka people are very accommodating and ready to accept strangers, we will not sit back and watch while our lands are taken away, even as we do not have a place where our children will live.