An Anambra State Magistrate Court sitting in Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government has sealed MTN mast serving a densely populated area of Nkpor-Agu, a suburb of Onitsha over right of possession.
The disconnection and sealing of the mast number T4141 located at number 17 Attah Road Amafor Village in the community has reportedly disrupted service to MTN consumers in the area.
Anambra State High Court in the Idemili Judicial Division Ogidi, presided over by Justice E. S. Nri-Ezedi had earlier in a judgment dated April 16, 2019 given Mr Shedrack Chukwurah, the plaintiff possession of the said land.
The plaintiff initiated a suit by a writ of summons dated April 5, 2018 which opened a legal tussle between him and MTN Nigeria Communication Limited, Int Towers Limited and Mrs Anna Chukwurah.
Acccording to Nri-Ezedi, the plaintiff is the one entitled to the grant of statutory right of occupancy with respect to that piece and parcel of land known as and called number 17 Attah Road Amafor Village Nkpor-Agu in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Mr Donatus Ozoemenam, a bailiff from Magistrate Court, Ogidi sealed the facility on Monday, following an order of Magistrate’s Court in Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area issued on July 24, 2020 warned against tampering the sealed facility.
Ozoemenam who used light red ribbon tired round the iron rod barricade protecting the mast to seal the place warned against tampering with the facility.
The generating set providing power supply to the facility was also disconnected by the enforcement team, thus making the mast non-functional for residents and business owners around the area.
Reacting to the facility sealing, Shedrack Chukwurah accused the management of Int Towers Limited and MTN Nigeria of deliberately playing politics with the provisions of court judgment on the matter.
He said, “Before the judgment by His Lordship Nri-Ezedi, we had a consent settlement which preceded the court final judgment and the parties brought the agreement to court.
“It is surprising that rather than heed to the provisions of the judgment, the defendants now reneged on what they are expected to do and started playing hide and seek game.”
Shedrack’s said that his late father gave the said land to him in the year 2003, before the father died in 2004, while MTN erected mast on the place in 2005.
The plaintiff regretted that the wife of his late brother Mrs Anna Chukwurah decided into lay claim to the property after the death of the husband, but expressed joy that court has finally unresolved the truth.
An MTN subscriber, Miss Ijeoma Okoye, appealed for quick intervention to the matter to ensure customers did not suffer unnecessarily.
“This area is busy business area as you can see, even though we have other telecommunication networks, MTN is largely use by people here because it was the first company to erect mast around this area.
“This area is busy business area as you can see, even though we have other telecommunication networks, MTN is largely use by people here because it was the first company to erect mast around this area,’’ Okoye said.