A 76-year-old widow and native of Owa-Oyibu, Mrs Rose Eluemelem, has cried out for justice, stating that one of the children of the traditional ruler of Owa Kingdom, Wilson Efeizomor has destroyed her late husband’s house at Owa-Oyibu.
The aggrieved widow said she wants justice from the government as Wilson Efeizomor is threatening hell and brimstone if she does not hand off the property.
She disclosed that the said property was built by her late husband more than sixty- six years ago but, wondering why Wilson Efeizomor is coming now to lay claim to what does not belong to him.
Mrs Eluemelem said, “I am the wife of Mr Dennis ljeh Eluemelem, the owner of the property lying and situated at Owa-Oyibu, along Alero Road, near Ika North East Local Government Council Secretariat, Owa_Oyibu. Late Mr Dennis Ijeh Eluemelem bought the parcel of land wherein he built his house from late Mathias Egbon.
“Mr Dennis Eluemelem being an enlightened man, his transaction with late Mathias Egbon was documented. My family have been in absolute possession of the said property since about 65years ago without any hindrance, trespass or third party claim on the land.
“When lka North East Local Government Area of Delta State was created in 1991, the property (building) was leased to the Nigeria Police Police before its present office was built at Owa-Oyibu.”
According to Mrs Eluemelem, “Nigerian Police paid rent to us acknowledging that my husband is the owner of the said building. As a matter of fact, the Nigerian Police was a tenant to Mr Dennis Ijeh Eluemelem, my late husband, paying rent to him. This happened in the presence of the Obi of Owa and his children who never raised eyebrows, objection or third-party claim to the said property”.
The children of late Mr Dennis Ijeh Eluemelem in a bid to ensure that their mother, Mrs Rose Dennis Eluemelem returned back to the village as a result of her old age decided to renovate their late father’s house. It was in the course of renovating the said house that Wilson Efeizomor with his hired hoodlums invaded and destroyed the house.
The actions of Prince Wilson Efeizomor was seen as barbaric, wicked and unlawful.
The old widow blamed HRM Emmanuel Efeizomor 11 for her predicament, stating that the Owa monarch was the one who first started the injustice against her by waging a war against her over her late husband’s property. She revealed that they have gone to court and won the case but wondered why Owa monarch and his son, Wilson are against her. She, therefore, appealed to government at all levels, including human rights activists to come to her rescue as she has been rendered homeless by the Efeizomor family.
Efforts to get a reaction from the said Wilson Efeziomor through his GSM line was not successful as he refused to pick the calls that were put across to him by our Correspondent severally including a text message to his GSM phone.
But his father, Obi Emmanuel Efeziomor 11, in a swift reaction said that the allegations against his son were spurious and untrue, adding that the matter was being looked into and investigated for Justice and warned that the woman should stop making trouble with his as her allegations would be properly Investigated and made known to the public soon.
His Son, Victor Efeziomor, a Special Assistant, Media to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in his reaction said” all the allegations against Wilson Efeziomor, My brother is not true, the Land belongs to Obi of Owa, and the Land is Ancestral home of where the Past Kings of Owa were buried and the land accommodates Owa shrine and the woman and her family are just making trouble.
Wilson Efeziomor is a Federal Civil Servant and all that the woman was alleging were attempt to tarnish the hard-earned image of Wilson Efeziomor and this matter is in court already”