The traditional ruler of Umunneato community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area, Imo State, Eze Leo Nwokocha, has said that he uses part of the commission he collects from land sales to rent houses for policemen and service their vehicles.
The monarch was reacting to the complaint by some members of his community against the 10 per cent commission he collected from them whenever they sold land.
He maintained that he used the commission from the land sales to maintain security in the area.
He said, “I buy tyres for the police in my area, service their vehicles to ensure that they are working, rent houses for them, especially those on transfer and even furnish them.
“More so, most financial problems my people come to me with, I solve them. Anyway, in life there is nothing one does that is generally accepted and commended.”
Eze Nwokocha said he also ran the traditional institution with the commission from the land sale.
“I use the money to run the community. I don’t ask my people to pay money or bring this or that if they bring any matter to the palace for settlement.
“I grade the roads in Umunneato. I see that there is constant electricity in the community and ensure that the standard of living of my people is kept high,” he said.
The people of Umunneato community, Nguru Nweke, had decried the alleged ten per cent commission and called on the state government to intervene.
A member of the community, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Southern City News that the royal father was demanding 10 per cent commission from land sold by any of the families in Umunneato.
He noted that the land, most times, were sold by individuals/families to solve one problem or the other.
According to him, the money accruing from the sold property was not usually enough to solve the problem after paying the royal father the compulsory commission.
Another member of the community, who gave his name as Mr. Clifford Anyanwu, further stated that the traditional ruler sanctioned any family that sold land without his prior knowledge.
He said, “What our people do now for fear of sanction is that they first tell the Eze the land measurement and the slated price. Once it is sold, the already established percentage is immediately taken to him.
“Most times, these properties are sold to cushion problems like burial ceremony, health associated issues and oversea travels among others by the affected people.
“But the problem is that these problems are not squarely taken care of after doling out the compulsory commission to the Eze.” Punch