An 86-year old retired public servant, Engr. Christopher Mmotoh has dragged the Managing Director of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, ACTDA, Mr. Ossy Onuko, and one Ukachukwu Okonkwo to court for allegedly trespassing on his landed property with concomitant loss.
In a writ of summon issued by U.N Udechukwu, SAN, and made available to journalists, the plaintiff demanded N3billion compensation.
Mmotoh is also seeking a further sum of N2,000,000.00 “die in diem” from the date of commencement of this suit; when the defendants remain in trespass of the said property, as well as an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants individually and collectively from further acts of trespass into or upon the said property.
The Daily Vendor gathered that the land, measuring approximately 3649.5 square meters is comprised in a subsisting statutory Certificate of Occupancy No. 0009474, and registered as D21VOLXIII AWKA SOUTH LGA, which property is lawfully in the possession of the Plaintiff.
A statement of claim by the plaintiff indicates that the defendants Mr. Onuko and Mr. Okonkwo were sued by reason of acts done by them as individuals, which do not form part of their functions as a public officers, but which acts are manifestly unlawful.
The statement further accused the defendants of acting on the frolic of their own, and the first defendant of manifest malice and pursuing personal vendetta against the plaintiff by reason of the first defendant’s pecuniary and corrupt interest in the said property.
Court hearing over the matter would commence soon at the state high Court, Awka.
Meanwhile, a good governance advocate, Mr Ndubuisi Anaenugwu has called on Governor Chukwuma Soludo to device feedback mechanism for monitoring of activities and conducts of his appointees.