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Trouble began when some faithful of the church sighted a caterpillar clearing the bushy premises of the now abandoned orientation camp.
They were said to have immediately alerted some clerics of the church, who mobilised their colleagues, stormed the site and stopped the bulldozer from operation.
The irate Anglican priests, who were clad in black attire, thereafter, impounded the caterpillar and its operator, dragged them to the Nkwerre Local Government Divisional Police Station, where they were detained.
The bishop of the diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Benneth C.I. Okoro, could not be reached for comment as he was said to be on an overseas vacation.
But the Dean of the Cathedral, S.S. Peter & John, the Divine, Venerable Cyril Okorie, told Southern City News that the land was originally donated to the church by the community in 1930.
“The land was at various times used as Women Training College, Teachers Training College as well as a remedial centre before it was later acquired by the Federal Government in 1995 as an orientation camp of the NYSC.
“Having now relocated the NYSC orientation camp to Eziama Obaire community, the church applied to the state government for a repossession of what belonged to her,” Okorie, who is also the Administrative Secretary to the bishop, said.
The traditional ruler of the community, HRH Eze Emmanuel Oluigbo (the Eze Aro I of Umuaro), who spoke through the Chairman of the Eze’s Cabinet-in-Council, Chief Stephen Ojidike, dismissed the argument of the clerics as baseless and untenable.
According to him, the community never, at any time, donated the land to the church, but only allowed the church to use it as an act of charity. SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US VIA EMAIL: INFO@247NIGERIANEWSUPDATE.CO RECEIVE NEWS VIA OUR WHATSAPP, KINDLY TEXT +234 701 056 0394 TO ADD YOU CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR NEWS UPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON TWITTER FOR INSTANT NEWS UPDATE: @247NGNEWSUPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN MILLIONS AROUND THE GLOBE TO READ NEWS ON OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FOR INSTANT UPDATES ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE RECEIVE INSTANT NEWS UPDATE VIA OUR BBM BROADCAST: D3EDEFDF PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>