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Anambra High Court adjourns N700m case against state government, Onitsha South LG to July 10

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By Alphonsus Nweze, Onitsha

An Anambra State High Court sitting in Onitsha has adjourned a N700m compensation case against the Anambra State Government and Onitsha South Local Government Area of the State to July 10, 2024.

Traders of UPJA Plank and Joist Association at Bridgehead Market, Onitsha, has dragged both the Anambra State Government and Onitsha South Local Government Area to court demanding compensation for the malicious demolition of their plaza.

When the case came up for hearing on Tuesday June 25, 2024, the defendants were not present in court but they were represented by a lawyer, Owulu Sylvester, from the State Ministry of Justice.

The matter could not however go on because Owulu was not prepared to argue the Motion on Notice filed by the counsel to the traders from Iloegbune Okoye and Co Chambers.

Justice D. A. Onyefulu who expressed displeasure over the defendants’ lawyer’s unpreparedness however, adjourned the matter to July 10, 2024.

The traders in their prayers had equally demanded that the State Government and the Local Government alternatively should reconstruct the demolished plaza for them.

The traders also requested the court to direct both Governments to pay them N500million being the value of their articles of trade destroyed during the demolition.

Alttenatevely, they prayed the Court to order both governments to pay them N700million and a letter of apology should be written to them for the malicious and over-zealousness of the Anambra State Government’s agents.

Those dragged to Court included; the State Attorney -General and Commissioner for Justice, Special Adviser to the Governor on Trade and Commerce, the Chairman, Transition Committee, Onitsha South Local Government Area.

The traders further argued that they were duly granted approvals by the Ministry of Trade and Commerce and the State Physical Planning Board (ANSSPPB) for the construction of the plaza.

The traders also said that they paid N566, 400 to the State Board of Internal Revenue as approval fees for the building.

It was based on the approvals, they said, that they commenced and completed the one storey building plaza, which was taken by traders/ members who contributed money for the project.

But unfortunately, contended the traders, after one year of the completion and allocation of the plaza, the Chairman of Onitsha South Local Government, Mr. Emeka Orji, acting in concert with the Anambra State Government maliciously broke into the plaza with bulldozer and members of Local Government vigilant groups and pulled down the plaza.

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