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Octogenarian cries out over demolished Anambra country home

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An octogenarian, Michael Chieme of Umuanum Umunono Village in Nibo, Awka South Council of Anambra State, has petitioned the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), over alleged involvement of soldiers in the demolition of his country home.

He also sent a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to Inspector General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed and Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano to intervene and investigate the matter so as to prosecute those who perpetrated the dastardly act against him.

At the centre of alleged engagement of five soldiers and about 30 thugs to execute the demolition was his elder brother, Stephen Chieme, who defied a court order restricting him from ejecting the petitioner.

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The embattled octogenarian sent the petition titled: Criminal Conspiracy, Illegal Demolition Of My House, Stealing, Malicious Damage, Unlawful Confinement, Threat To Lives, Breach Of Public Peace, Intimidation And Harassment Of My Family By Stephen Ngenegbo Chieme, Ekene Chieme, Ebele Olise, Five Armed Soldiers And Over 30 Thugs to the authorities

In the petition dated March 12, 2021 and obtained by The Guardian, Chieme accused his elder brother of engaging five soldiers to supervise the demolition of the house, which he said was built on the land their father gave him before he died.

In particular, the embattled Michael Chieme, who shares the same mother and second wife of their father, Nwaemelu Iheonwu, demanded that the brother should be made to produce the soldiers and the thugs that demolished the building to serve as deterrence to others, who might follow the same path

Recounting his ordeal, Chieme, said: “My elder brother was given Isiobu (ancestral compound of his grandfather, Obuekwe) off Ezi Obukere in Enugo Nono, Nibo by our father, who died in 1979, but I delayed to take possession of my inheritance only for the sons of the first wife of our father, Nwudu Ozo Chieme, to move in and build structure at Isiobu, leaving Stephen with the option of taking over my inheritance from my father by force.

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“My brother, Stephen Chieme sued that he was ejecting me from my house at a magistrate court in a suit marked: MAW/729/2012, but I won the case he instituted against me as the magistrate ruled that I cannot be a tenant in my own house.

“He also reported me and my children to Zone 13 of the Nigeria Police in Ukpo, Dunukofia Council Area through a letter signed by Inspector Okere Chimaeze and dated January 7, 2021 requesting that my sons and I should report on January 11, 2021.”

He added that all attempts to prevent the soldiers from demolishing the house were rebuffed adding that the military personnel even threatened to shoot anyone who dared to challenge them, take photographs or take video recording of the demolition.

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