BY BODE GBADEBO, Abuja
An Onitsha, Anambra State-based lawyer, Harold Ekwerekwu, has accused the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Onochie Anyachebelu, of land grabbing.
He alleged that the CJ Anyachebelu in connivance with some individuals invaded his property in Onitsha final week Monday and pulled down his constructing which was below development below the pretext that the land was earmarked for the development of a brand new Judges Quarters.
In a press launch personally signed by the authorized practitioner, he stated the Okposieke household of Onitsha, which he belongs, owns an unlimited land in Onitsha metropolis popularly referred to as G.R.A., which was leased to the the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1910 for a interval of 99 years.
Barrister Ekwerekwu famous that upon the expiration of the stated lease settlement in 2009, the Federal Government in the identical 12 months surrendered varied components of the land to the authentic house owners – Okposieke household.
“Part of the landed property surrendered as aforesaid are the premises respectively often known as No. 6, now No. 10B, Residency Drive, G.R.A. Onitsha.
“Out of the blues, on the 18th day of January, 2021, the Chief Judge of Anambra State, accompanied by Chief Superintendent of Police, Chinedu, hooked up to the Governor of Anambra State as his ADC, and one Barrister Chike Madueke, went into the place I used to be constructing, pulled down every thing I had constructed thereon, claiming that the Federal Government of Nigeria had no proper over any land in the complete Anambra State and might not have surrendered it to me.
“It is remarkable that on the said occasion, the said Chief Judge claimed that he had proposed constructing quarters for the Judges he intends to appoint in the future for the High Court of Anambra State,” Ekwerekwu stated.
The authorized practitioner puzzled why his plot of land will be forcefully transformed for the development of a Judges Quarters by the CJ since there may be an current one occupied by retired Judges who must have moved out upon their retirement, describing the improvement as an abuse of workplace and energy by the CJ.
“I call on all Nigerians to join me in calling the Chief Judge of Anambra State to order, lest his act, if unabated, would further lower the esteem of the already tainted image of the judiciary, to the extent that law keepers are now turning into law breakers,” Ekwerekwu added.
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