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The governor of Imo State, Hop Uzodima, has reclaimed lands allegedly confiscated by former Rochas Okorocha administration.

He said the move was in line with the previous administration’s commitment to reclaim all land confiscated from the people.

“I understand that the only way to alleviate the suffering of the people is to return the land to its rightful owners – and we are here today,” Uzodima said. For the first time, land reclaimed land was confiscated by their owners.

“I congratulate the people who have been repatriated today and I urge you to be sure that my administration will only support and promote transparent processes.”

“When I took over the leadership roles of our Greater State, there was a Commission of Inquiry on Land and Related Matters. During my interactions with the members of the Commission, I assured the Imo people that the Commission would continue its work and that it would continue to work.

“When the report was submitted on June 1, 2020, I immediately saw the suffering of the Emolais who had been forcibly evicted from their land by the then administration. The government itself has not survived this land grab. Under the administration of Senator Rochas Okorocha, his family and friends’ government land and property were tragically turned into private use.

“The public lands in Orlu, the location of the government station and the University of East Palm University, are under the control of the people of Imo State who have been given the sacred responsibility to protect and safeguard public property.”

“My administration will continue to be a watchdog of the poor.

“I congratulate the people whose land is being rehabilitated today and I urge you to be sure that my administration will only support and promote transparent processes,” he added.

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