GEORGE NNAEMEKA ILOKA reports from Abakaliki that tears flowed freely as a story building situated at Anani Nteje Street Abakakili demolished illegally on Monday 5th June 2017 allegedly by one Barrister Chinelo Nnadi without court orders. The Authority roving staff who to the scene shortly after the demolition wept for the property owners.
According to a victim, Aloysius Chukwuma, the land was purchased in 2002 from Mr Ukpa Ukobo of Ohaozara town in Abakaliki.
He said the land was later revoked by Abakaliki town planning and was later repurchased from them in 2012 which lead to an approval given to him by the authorities that be.
He informed that he fenced the land and for two years nobody raised an alarm until he started construction in 2014 till December 2016 when he completed his one storey building.
It was in December 2016 that Bar. Chinelo .N. Nnadi called and claimed that the land belonged to her thereby requesting that I should re-purchase the land from her.
She threatened that I will lose the building if I did not pay another money to her.
‘’I got another phone call from her precisely January 1st 2017 demanding for my address so as to deliver a court order requesting for my appearance in the court which yielded no result.
‘’Then on 5th June 2017, I got a phone call from my Engineer that the building has been demolished by the said Barrister, other structures were equally demolished.
‘’ The demolished structures include four bed room flat owned by a neighbour;
Three bedroom flat owed by another neighbour; a Church belonging to Watchman was equally demolished outside my own building’’.
‘’I plead with the State Government to take immediate action about this unlawful demolition of our buildings’’.
The lawyer could not be reached for her comment but she was said to have been elusive after the demolition.