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Illegal levies: Ifitedunu youths seek govt intervention

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INDIGENOUS youths of Ifitedunu villages comprising Obieze, Ukpommili, Akwu, Umuanugo and  Igbuala in Dunukofia Local Government Area of Anambra State ,yesterday, took to the streets  in peaceful demonstration over illegal levies to villagers.

  The youths who thronged the Government House, Awka, chanting songs with placards inscribed, ‘Ifitedunu town has become another tier of government’, ‘President General (PG) Ifitedunu is a tyrant’, ‘Is Ifitedunu town union a military dictatorship?’ and ‘We need peace in Ifitedunu’.

  Speaking during the protest, leaders of the group, Uche Ogoemeka and Comrade Ositadinma Nwaorah said the president general(PG) of Ifitedunu, Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha has been imposing illegal levies on the villagers using the name of Governor  Obiano to extort money from people which he called COVID- 19 levy of N5,000 and burial levy of  N100,000.

  They said the act is fraudulent and does not portray good image of the state.

They alleged that the PG has been recruiting thugs in the town, blackmailing indigenes of Ifitedunu, bringing problems among them, turning official car of the town union for his personal use by wiping the inscription and a youth body in Ifitedunu.

  Addressing the protesters, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Community Affairs, Greg Obi, thanked the youths of Ifitedunu for their peaceful protest and their maturity in expressing their grievances by not  taking laws into their hands, assuring them that they are in the right place as the executive governor of the state, Chief Willie Obiano is a peace loving person .

  The commissioner, who was represented by the ministry’s public relations officer (PRO), Henry Nwasike, advised them to remain law abiding citizens of the state as their message will be delivered, adding that the issues they raised will be taken care of.

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