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Delta State Monarch and Federal College of Education Confronted with Landgrabbers, Illegal Miners Challenges

The management of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State, and the Asagba in Council have jointly expressed concern regarding the activities of land grabbers and individuals engaging in blackmail within the region.

The purported blackmail appears to be linked to the encroachment of land at the college, ongoing excavation activities, and allegations involving the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Chike Edozien. Reports circulating suggest that the Asagba of Asaba has raised alarms regarding illegal mining activities at the Federal College of Education Technical.

Furthermore, it has been claimed that a member of the monarch’s kin has been involved in the unauthorized sale of college land, asserting that the Asagba of Asaba is cognizant of these transactions.

In response, Prof Josephine Anene-Okeakwa, the Provost of FCE(T), Asaba, clarified that the college authorities had granted approval for excavation, specifically to facilitate the construction of Koka Road and another road behind the college, with the intention of reclaiming the land thereafter. She questioned how a sanctioned excavation for construction purposes could be misconstrued as illegal mining.

Addressing the allegations of land sales, Prof Anene-Okeakwa raised concerns about the legitimacy of such transactions, emphasizing the federal government’s ownership of the land with an established master plan registered with town planning authorities. She asserted that the college is committed to legal and transparent practices, with all activities known to the federal government.

While expressing respect for the Asagba of Asaba as their father, the Provost urged caution, calling on the monarch to advise those falsely using his name in connection with the sale of college land to cease immediately. She sternly warned against any attempt to tarnish the college’s reputation and her personal integrity, emphasizing the gravity of such actions.

IMAGE: Asaba Metro News

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