The Chief Executive Officer of Asher Kings and Queens Restaurant,Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, Aisha Mercy Yakubu has threatened legal action against the Kaduna State Government for “illegal demolition” of her restaurant.
The Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority had last week demolished the restaurant over alleged plans to host a sex party.
But reacting to the development, Yakubu said in a statement that the facility was never a hotel or a guest house.
She said the Restaurant is a one-storey building structure, with a VIP Lounge section, where premium customers relax to watch football league games in a cozy environment, with all the comfort; airconditioners and light music.
She said the facility was hired by a guest for a promo to reward customers for their loyalty and patronage.
Before the event commenced, she said one of her friends noticed an unusual movement around the main gate to the restaurant, as it was half open to avoid a crowded environment.
Explaining further, she said, “We approached the main gate and on getting there, I saw two truck load of heavily armed officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
“I ask the team leader what was going on but he ignored my question and said he will explain to me when we get to the Police Station, Sabon Tasha Division.
“When we arrived the Police station, my customer, who accompanied me to the station, enquired what the matter was and the Police showed us a poster on a GSM phone belonging to one of the officers by name Inspector Felix.
” It was a poster of an event titled; KADUNA SEX PARTY, which the Police claimed the venue for the supposed ‘sex party’ was scheduled to hold at my restaurant, even though with no address of where it will take place on the poster.
“I denied knowledge of that event as there was nothing of that sort taking place at the restaurant and I wouldn’t stoop so low to entertain such illicit activity at my place. But the Police refused to believe me and had my friend and two of my staff detained for one night, one day, until the customer that had earlier hired the place for usage on that fateful day was also arrested the next day.
“They were released after paying a ‘bail fee’ of N100,000 to Inspector Felix and one other lady Officer,fair in complexion.
“I noticed how incompetent the NPF were, I suggested to them to call the number on the supposed ‘Kaduna Sex Party’ poster, which they immediately put a call through and a name came out using the True Caller App as Marvelous Akpan.
“The Police asked me to pay a fee of N20,000 for them to do their job of tracking the user of the phone number, which I immediately paid them so that they will swing into action.
“Marvellous Akpan was arrested the next. He was interrogated and he obliged to owning the phone number on the poster and printing of the poster which was posted on Social Media, assisted by a friend of his named Noah and one other guy.”
On further interrogation, she said
Akpan confessed to the Police that he does not know her and has never been to her restaurant nor have any knowledge of its address.
She added, “Mr Chimeze,who had hired the place was released, summarily, after the successful arrest of Mr Akpan.
“The next day, 31st December, while at the other Branch of my Restaurant, at Court Road,Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, a friend of mine called and asked me to go to the main Restaurant and see what was going on.
“I immediately went and saw a combined team of Police men,Soldiers,KASTLEA and Vigilante groups guarded a Pay Loader to demolish my restaurant.
“No prior notice was served to me before the demolition, there was no form of communication between I and the Kaduna State Property Development Agency who came to demolish the building structure.
“Even when they arrived the location, the main entrance to the main Restaurant and the Restaurant was under lock and key. There was no any form of communication to me.
“I watched them pulled down the building without allowing me remove any item before the demolition. As a result of the trauma, I lost my one month old pregnancy.”
Yakubu listed other valuables lost during the demolition to include cooking utensils, furniture, electric appliances, chillers, deep freezers, out door catering utensils, Cash and other valuables worth over N32m.
“I plan to seek legal redress for defamation of my character and the loss of my properties in the building,” she concluded
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