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Woman cries out, alleges plot to deny her access to her late husband’s property in popular Enugu market

Woman cries out, alleges plot to deny her access to her late husband’s property in popular Enugu market


Woman cries out, alleges plot to deny her access to her late husband's property in popular Enugu market
Engr. Uchenwa Ujam, PhD

An Enugu State woman, Lady Engr. Uchenwa Ujam, has cried out over delay in allowing her access to her late husband, Sir Ugwu Ujam’s property at Ogbete Main Market in Enugu North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

According to a report sent to Pacesetter by her, Ujam said she had made several trips to the office of the Chairman of the Enugu North Local Government Council to get possession of the property measured 50ft by 50ft but none had been successful.


The former lecturer at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu also accused the leadership of Ogbete Main Market, Enugu and the immediate past administration of Enugu State of not helping the matter as no one was ready to show her the property at the market.

Lady Ujam who holds a PhD in Engineering also recalled that her husband had in September 12, 2012, written to the Executive Chairman of Enugu North Local Government Council, requesting for removal of some traders who illegally occupied and refused to vacate the frontage area allocated to her husband.

Prior to that, she said, an approval of demonstration base at the market dated December 17, 1987 and signed by Engr. T. N. Odenigbo, then Deputy Town Engineer, for the Sole Administrator for Enugu Local Government, was given to her husband.


“I was deceived by the immediate-past administration of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi that the entire market will be developed only to find out that my husband’s 50ft by 50ft land will be no more.

“We were asked to pay N5.2m per stall. I do not care about the number of stalls but what I am seeking is our own 50ft by 50ft land genuinely allocated to my husband in 1987. Show me my space since the lock up shops have been completed.

“My question is, am I paying for the space of 50ft by 50ft or for a stall and how many stalls make up my space of land? Again, let the OMMATA chairman give me the dimension of what the N5.2m I’m expected to pay is for, that is the size of the stall.

“It is our intention to erect a befitting edifice on that land to improve the environmental/sanitary condition of the area, and we do not intend to take laws into our hands”, she further stated.


Displaying various documents which she said attested to the authenticity of the allocation and stating that the land was fenced and gated, Lady Ujam called on the state governor, Dr. Peter Mbah and other relevant authorities to help her have access to her husband’s property at Ogbete market, Enugu.

When contacted by a correspondent of Core News, the President of Ogbete Market, Stephen Aniagu, said it wasn’t true that Lady Uchenwa Ujam was denied access to her late husband’s property, stressing that the Lady had not complied with the agreement entered into with the Developer by paying the required fee of N5.2m per stall.

“The Lady in question hails from my community and I hold her in high esteem. It behooves on me to protect my sister.


“I have told her what to do. I even met one of her children and explained to him. I have the documents to support my claims”, Aniagu told the correspondent.


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