The Village Head of Eziukwu Aba, Chief Chidi Nkire, has warned the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church on School Road in the commercial city to desist forthwith from encroaching on the Township Primary School’s land.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that SDA fenced off the teachers’ quarters and play ground, allegedly belonging to Township Primary School and City Primary School, both located on School Road in the commercial city of Abia.
Nkire said that taking over part of the school compound, situated on another side of School Road, would close the community’s old road, which was renamed School Road.
He said: “What I am saying here to the SDA is that they should remain where they have been.
“Their current pastors were not there when the community land was donated to the church and the school so they should go home and rest.
“Let no man venture into that school land before what somebody did not know will cause him his head.”
When contacted, the first elder of the church, Mr Christian Nwaosu, denied that the church had a hand in annexing the school’s land.
Nwaosu said that the land belonged to the government and referred NAN to the ministries of land and education for explanation on what was happening on the school’s land.
He also said that the community should be advised to probe into what was happening on the affected land.
Also, the former Aba South Education Secretary, Mrs Ngozi Nwaogwugwu, said she heard of the alleged efforts by the church to take over the school compound.
Nwaogwugwu said that she inquired through the former commissioner for education, Prof. Ikechi Mgboji, who confirmed to her that Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu gave the land to the church.
She, however, said that as the then education secretary in the local government area, she did not receive a letter to that effect.
(Edited Sam Oditah)