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Anambra Community Denies Illegal Sand Mining Allegations, Urges Soludo to Disregard Rumour



By Praise Chinecherem

People of Amakor Nanka in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State have refuted alleged sand mining in their community, warning peddlers of such allegations to desist forthwith.

Some group of individuals in the community had accused both Traditional Ruler and President General of the community of being behind the sand excavation.

But speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, President General, Rev Canon Ifeanyichukwu Ezeike described the allegations as unfounded and politically motivated, urging Governor Chukwuma Soludo to disregard the rumour.

He said the community has been calm and peaceful, wondering what purveyors of the allegations stood to gain.

He said, “It beats my imagination that someone in his rational sense can cook up unfounded allegations. As you can see, we had to park our cars up there to trek to this point because the vehicles can’t reach here.

“So which route did the so-called sand miners take with their heavy duty trucks to come here? Besides, this road had been deplorable and impassable for several years.

“This is not the first time they’re making such claims. Last year, they came up with a Save our Souls claim, calling on the governor to come to their rescue. Yet they’re still alive till today.

“I see them as frustrated people who can go any length to score their point. But this one is too cheap and should be ignored by any right thinking person.

“Our traditional ruler, Igwe Godwin Ezilo is responsible and well respected by the entire community as well as my humble self, being a clergyman and can’t be involved in such trivialities.

“Immediately the governor gave the directive against sand mining after town hall meeting in Oko last year, our people heeded. We even constituted a committee and passed a circular to all tipper drivers association on the same matter.

“We call on the governor to ignore the rumour mongers. They want to create an impression that our community is in a state of unrest so the governor may pronounce a state of emergency. But 98% of the people are united and peaceful.”

Chairman, Nanka Patriotic Union (NPU) Erosion Control Committee, Comrade Emmanuel Ezeokafor dismissed the allegations as handiwork of mischief makers.

“Apart from my position in the committee, I’m the leader of truck drivers in both Anambra and Imo States. Even before our appointment, we’ve been fighting erosion in the community.

“Immediately I was appointed, I summoned the entire truck drivers to ensure compliance with the governor’s directive. We’re also working with OCHA to arrest and prosecute violators,” he said.

Former Chairman Amakor Njikoka Development Union and member Igwe cabinet, Emmanuel Obiekunie said the rumor mongers’ target was to gain cheap popularity.

“These few individuals behind the allegations can’t even defend the allegations. They just want to gain cheap popularity,” he said.

Women Leader, Chinyere Okafor said the allegation came to her as rude shock, distancing the entire women in the community from the rumour.

“Soon after the governor’s directive, our PG went round the entire village, warning that whoever that is caught excavating sand in the community will have himself to blame.

“So how can the same person that made the law violate the same law he made? This is sheer blackmail. If they have any grouse, they should speak out rather than blackmail both their leadership and the community in general,” she posited.

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