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I can’t honour your illegal summon, go to court – Umahi Commissioner tells Ebonyi Assembly

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The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Capital Metropolis Improvement and City Improvement, Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi has instructed members of Ebonyi State Home of Meeting, EBSHA, to go to court docket as he can’t reply their alleged unlawful summon.

Recall that the Meeting led by the speaker, Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru had lately summoned the commissioner reply to the assorted alleged wanton destruction, demolition of homes and different beneficial property belonging to residents of the state.

However Nwaebonyi refused to honour the summon whereas fielding questions from newsmen in Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi state.

The commissioner, nonetheless, described these complaining towards the motion carried out by his workplace as ‘illiterates’ and insisted that he by no means regretted utilizing the language.

Based on him: “You may’t construct a brand new home with out eradicating the outdated a part of it. If the authority has eliminated all of the unlawful buildings, for instance, to widen the roads, will you name it unlawful demolition.

“The regulation supplies 10 metres for avenue and eight metres for shut however sadly, you see individuals encroaching on these provisions, by leaving 4 metres, 5 metres because the width of the road. The place on Earth are you able to receive such an association? Even in our native villages – our native monitor roads are all the time about seven to eight metres.

“So, I described those that are complaining about our motion as illiterates, and I’ve not regretted utilizing that language, as a result of an informed individual ought to know {that a} capital metropolis is totally different from a village. And in a capital metropolis like Ebonyi, there are specified measurements which a avenue have to be.”

He added: “How can I reply the summon of the Home – unlawful summon. The summon is an unlawful one, as a result of the individual summoning me is transferring private aggression, however I don’t need to go into that as a result of the matter has been laid to relaxation.

“The individual summoning me – he has a case right here. He has a case with the Ministry, so, he can’t be the decide in his personal case. When you really feel we now have gone astray, go to court docket. We now have the Govt, Legislative and Judiciary arms of the Authorities and we now have our respective duties. So, for those who really feel that anybody has exceeded his restrict, you go to the third arm which is the Judiciary and search redress. Simply as I stated, the matter has been laid into relaxation, as a result of the summon is an unlawful one.”

“In case you are complaining that we’ve destroyed your fence or constructing, the primary query it is best to ask the individual; have you ever obtained your constructing allow earlier than erecting that fence? As a result of When you fail to acquire your constructing allow earlier than embarking on any infrastructural growth inside the capital metropolis, it’s an offence punishable below Part 14, 16 and 17 of Abakaliki Capital Territory regulation, which supplies 12 months imprisonment, and a positive, so that you can construct something, that means something fence, constructing, and for those who do it with out acquiring this specific approval, such a construction have to be demolished – that’s the place of the regulation and developer might be arraigned in court docket and if convicted might be jailed for 12 months.

“Avenue hawking is totally prohibited. We now have our worldwide market, we now have our important markets inside this park we’re speaking about. Provisions are made the place individuals might be promoting “mama-put” within the park. We don’t promote “mama-put” in entrance of the Authorities Home gate. Anyone complaining ‘they poured my meals on the bottom,’ the primary query must be, the place had been you when the duty pressure poured your meals?”

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