- Late vice president Alex Ekwueme's house in Anambra state is said to be under erosion threat
- Ekwueme's country home is in Ezioko village of Oko, Orumba North
- Excavation of sands in the village has been blamed for the rampaging erosion
Following series of rainfalls in Ezioko village of Oko, Orumba North in Anambra state, the country home of late former vice president Alex Ekwueme is said to be under erosion threat.
Recall that the late vice president was buried in Ezioko village on February 2, 2018, following his death in November 19, 2017.
According to members of the community, houses belonging to five families in Ezioko village have been lost to the rampaging erosion, The Sun reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the villagers warned that if nothing is done urgently, the former vice president's house would not be spared by the next round of rains.
There was demonstration by members of the community on Wednesday, September 5, to attract attention and assistance of the international community, federal and state government, to their plight.
The increasing erosion crises in the community were blamed on daily excavation of sand from Ihengwu village within the community.
The president general of Oko People's Union (OPU), Cyprian Nwanmuo, said sand excavation had been outlawed by the state government.
He said: “We have had several joint meetings, including some with state government officials from the governor’s office, ministry of lands, environment and they had been flouted by those excavators almost immediately. As we are here today, protesting and agitating, they are there collecting and selling the sand."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Ekwueme, a former vice president during the tenure of Shehu Shagari, passed away in a London hospital in the late hours of Sunday, November 19.
The family said in a statement: "The family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former vice-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme (GCON). The sad event occurred at The London Clinic at 10:00 pm on Sunday 19th November 2017."
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