Following the recent claim by some group of persons from Umunede in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State over the land sold to Prince Paradise Estate by the Okonye family in Emuhu, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, members of the family have disclosed that they sold the land to Prince Paradise Estate, for the purpose of building a residential estates, confirming that it belonged to them.
They stated this when Ika Weekly Newspaper team visited the family during the week, saying that it was a family land which according to them was inherited from their forefathers.
Speaking to the press on behalf of the family, Mr. John Okonye pointed out that though there is land dispute between Umunede and Emuhu, but confirmed that the land they sold to Prince Paradise Estate is not included in the dispute. He added that they have been farming on the land for over 50 years, saying that whoever encroaches on it is doing so at his or her own risk.
His words, “The land is a family land and the area we sold to Prince Paradise Estate has never been in dispute. We are ready at any time to come out as witnesses to testify against anyone claiming ownership of the land.”
Also speaking, Mr. Justin Nwaka, one of those who sold the land and a member of the family, stressed that work is presently ongoing at that land. He maintained that before now, non of the persons who hired the land for farming is from Umunede, adding that he has three building there.
To confirm the authenticity of their claims, they took Ika Weekly reporters to the site, where a tractor was seen working on the land.
Addressing the press, the Manager of Prince Paradise Estate Ltd, Comr. Christopher Onyegasi said work has commenced on the land, saying that everything is moving on smoothly.
He noted that the people of Emuhu community have been very supportive and good to them, describing them as lovely, caring and peaceful.
“I am proud to be part of this Prince Paradise Estate project, and I am happy it is sited at in Emuhu. It will be the first of its kind in Ika nation. To have five estates inside one estate is not easy. This will be the first in Africa, and first in the world,” he said.
Members of Okonye family have assured Prince Paradise Estate Ltd to proceed with the project without fear. They also assured interested investors the security of doing business with Prince Paradise Global Concept in respect to the Housing Estate Project.
BY AMOS CHUKWEKU
They stated this when Ika Weekly team visited the family during the week, saying that it was a family land which according to them was inherited from their forefathers.