Anambra: I Didn’t Bribe LG Commissioner To Become Ifitedunu PG — Uchenna  Nwoye 

By Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Chief Uchenna Nwoye Oragwuncha, the President-General of Ifitedunu Town Union in Dunukofia local government area of Anambra state, has stated that he didn’t bribe the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Matters nor anyone to become the current PG of his community town union contrary to what he described as falsehood being peddled in the online media by faceless individuals.

Oragwuncha, who spoke with our correspondent exclusively, also stated that contrary to insinuations in some sections of the online media that Ifitedunu town was boiling over alleged incessant indiscriminate arrests purportedly masterminded by himself and the local government commissioner in the area, no such thing existed and that Ifitedunu was peaceful and currently enjoying a tranquil atmosphere irrespective of the machinations of some dramatis personae in the area bent on truncating public order.

Oragwuncha, who told our correspondent that his emergence as the PG of Ifitedunu Town Union was unanimously endorsed and accepted by the people, noted that the people have had a breath of fresh air since he was reinstated to run the affairs of the town even though some indigenes of the town had sworn to use the online and social media to create false impression of social unrest in the town.

He said, “Since we can’t access these people, it is assumed that they are faceless individuals. The author of the malicious online publication did not write his name there. So how do we track the person because if we had seen him, he would have been invited over to the police to come and testify but unfortunately we can’t get him or her either.

“Now the person who will bail the cat is Emenike Nwoye who used his telephone to type what he posted online and forwarded to various platforms with my pictures. It is the same Emenike Nwoye who said an insider told him that the Commissioner for Local Government demanded N5.2 Million bribe from me to be reinstated as the PG.

“Ifitedunu my town is peaceful. There is no crisis whatsoever. So whoever that alleged that Ifitedunu is boiling is telling a big lie. My community Ifitedunu where I am the President-General is peaceful and calm. It is pretty unfortunate that some people who happen to be fomenting trouble in the community have decided not to give peace a chance.  There was an arrest of one Mr. Emenike Nwoye from Ifitedunu on the 22nd of June this year.

“Emenike Nwoye went on social media to publish that the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftancy and Town Union Hon. Tony-Collins Nwabunwanne, demanded a bribe of five million, two hundred thousand naira from me Uchenna Nwoye the President-General in order to be reinstated as the PG of the community. And this publication went viral. A lot of people saw it and called my attention to it. I went to the platform where it was alleged to be sent, I read it and I called the attention of the Commissioner to it.

“When the Commissioner got to know about it, he had no other option (but) to get the security agents involved. So the young man was arrested by the police and after making his statement, he was granted bail. So the young man was under the police net for him to give a clearer picture of the allegation he made in his publication. That is the position.

“After my reinstatement, one Samuel Nweke and a few others went to the social media saying if eventually government reinstates me as the President-General; that they wouldn’t allow me to have access to the Civic Center where the office of the President-General is situated. So when I got the knowledge of all these threats, I reported to the office of the Commissioner for Local Government and I was advised to go through the police and make a petition, put the names of those people who were making the threats so the police will invite them for questioning.

“Incidentally, the police invited them to appear at  Zone 13 on the 2nd of August. Some of them came to the station and after making their statements, they said they want to go and eat, incidentally they didn’t return after they had told police they wanted to go and eat. It is now on the onus of the police to know what to do. They are carrying out their investigations.

“Another very important issue is that the said Emenike Nwoye who alleged that the local government Commissioner demanded for a bribe of five million, two hundred thousand naira from me, also said that if the government eventually reinstated me the PG, that that would open the community border for unknown gunmen to enter the community and be shooting people. So we wouldn’t know also if the said Emenike Nwoye is amongst the unknown gunmen. So these allegations are weighty and the more reason we needed to get the police involved.”

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