NewsExpress banner First Bank Fashion Souk Fidelity bank card banner Umm Sulaim's Thoughts Camano banner

Demolition: Anambra community bans Anglican Church from disputed school premises

By Pamela Eboh, Awka on 21/09/2014

Gmail icon

Views: 2,983

Nkwelle Ezunaka Community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State has banned the Anglican Church from either rebuilding its recently demolished house located in Oyolu Oze Primary School or putting up a new structure in the premises.

The ban was announced by the President General of Nkwelle Ezunaka community development association, Dr. Chris Eluemunoh, who vowed that no other church structure would ever be allowed in the premises of Oyolu Oze Primary School. Dr. Eluemunoh announced the decision on the heels of the many controversies the demolition of the church building has attracted in the state, with Anglican leaders and lay men embarking on protests in the commercial town of Onitsha over the issue. Governor Willie Obiano is currently probing the incident and has appealed for calm.

Addressing reporters at Nkwelle Ezunaka, Eluemunoh said the Anglican Church must leave the school premises either in peace or in war because on no account would the community allow the church to claim the school it built in 1978 and handed over to the state government to manage.

He wondered why the church should claim that he supervised the demolition of the school when he was still in Abuja as a delegate to the recently concluded National Conference as at the time of the demolition.

Eluemunoh alleged that members of the church have been dropping lies around, all in a bid to get the people’s sympathy. According to the president general, contrary to the claim of the leaders of Anglican Church, there was no church in the school from the onset. He said it was in 1990 that some members of the church applied to be using one of the classrooms as a temporary place of worship.

Eluemuno said: “The Oyolu Eze School had existed for 12 years before the church applied for permission to be using one of the classrooms temporarily.

“The Anglican Church has land it acquired along the College of Education, Nsugbe, but instead of developing it, they went into government school to claim ownership.

“It is disheartening that those who call themselves pastors should be telling lies because they want to claim what does not belong to them. They are claiming that government gave them the property to manage, but that is not true as government had earlier written them that it would not cede part of the school to anybody.

“Besides, the school did not qualify as a mission school because all schools returned to the churches were built before the civil war and no church built any primary school on government premises since the end of the civil war.”

Eluemunoh urged the state government to implement the report of the panel that looked into the matter, adding that what the church was only working on a treadmill that would drive them to nowhere.

•Photo shows President General of Nkwelle Ezunaka community development association, Dr. Chris Eluemunoh.

Source News Express

Posted 21/09/2014 11:03:14 AM





You may also like...
Army sends reinforcement to Borno town over reported...

Terrorist driver kills 8 in New York

I am not scared of jail —Zuma

Travelstart Nigeria, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines partner Nigerian...

Only 16 Nigerian states are safe, says US...

INEC to announce election result Monday afternoon •Only...

Job creation: Sultan commends Tony Elumelu, Foundation

Motorists queuing for fuel block Makurdi-Lafia Expressway

Pope names Portuguese children saints after 100 years...

2019: Ogboru wasting his time, can’t beat Okowa...

Benue gets new Commissioner of Police

Russia expels 60 US diplomats, closes American consulate...


Latest News I may die in DSS custody - Sowore CONFIRMED: Nnamdi Kanu’s father is dead Angry Nigerians attack Rotimi Amaechi in Spain Sowore: SERAP condemns re-arrest, invasion of Justice Ojukwu’s court Governor arrested over corruption allegations EEDC urges customers to embrace Distribution Transformer Metering and MAP scheme Electrocution of inmates: FG suspends seven officers, personnel of Correctional Service Robbers device new method of attacking bank customers Many feared trapped as multi-storey building collapses Sowore’s rearrest: ‘This has never happened before’, Falana slams DSS Imo community to abolish ' Osu ' caste system December 27 Sex scandal: Ekiti varsity sacks randy lecturer, others


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (569,304 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (455,441 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (405,256 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (340,010 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (306,779 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (290,476 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (260,713 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (259,517 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (240,970 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (227,496 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (203,367 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (199,839 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (111) Business & Economy (4,613) Business Verdict (89) Columnists (1,155) Complaints & Requests (97) Enterprise & Opportunities (220) Entertainment (715) Features (852) Global Business Monitor (497) ICT Monitor (72) International (4,300) Interview (216) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (177) Maggie's Blog (510) News (54,902) Opinion (1,435) Pidgin (18) Politics (11,851) Religion (1,130) Sports (2,244) Stock Watch (40) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera