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Anambra community resists illegal sanitation levy, sacks leader

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Raphael Agu, one of the spokespersons

The Okpoko Landlords Association in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State have vowed not to pay what they called illegal sanitation levy being collected by a private contractor with the alleged connivance of their Caretaker chairman, Marcel Anaeto.

Rising from their general meeting held at the Holiday Resort Onitsha which was attended by the community “s traditional ruler, Igwe Mofunanya, the Landlords lamented at the multiple levies being imposed on them by outsiders and their own tenants who for long had exploited them.

They accused Emeka Asoanya, former chairman of Onitsha South Local Government Area of the State who is the Anambra State Environmental Protection Agency (ANSEPA) contractor of alleged extortion of Okpoko residents without clearing any refuse in the area.

They also accused Asoanya of using the dreaded and crude Anambra State Anti-Cult team to collect sanitation levy which resulted in the murder of three persons and one person severely injured.

The case was said to be on the table of the Inspector General of Police (IG) now since the Police in Anambra State have been playing hanky panky in the matter.

The Land Lords also passed a vote of no confidence on Nnaeto, said to be the President -General of Okpoko community, stressing that he was an interim PG whose tenure had since expired.

Part of Nnaeto’s sins according to the Landlords whose spokespersons were Igwe Mofunanya himself, Anthony Okoro, Nnaeto’s Vice, Hon Onyebuchi Obi. Chief Raphael Agu and Hon. Zeribe Ezeanuna, was that he was colluding with Asoanya to extort money from the residents of Okpoko for a job not done.

They rejected the payments of sanitation levy because according to them Nnaeto and his cohorts unilaterally increased it from N100 per a room to N200.

Expressing displeasure over the activities of Nnaeto, Igwe Mofunanya said: “Nnaeto ‘s tenure has expired. I made him the Coordinator of Transition Committee Chairmen of Okpoko villages.He should report to me but he has failed to do that. I have sacked him”.

He said Okpoko has an Igwe, not an elected president general, which tenure was three years and had expired as Nnaeto had stayed beyond his tenure.

But the landlords resolved that henceforth they would have one united Okpoko Landlords Association so as to speak with one voice on issues affecting them.

They lamented that multiple land lord association had allowed outsiders and tenants to exploit them.

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