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Nigerian Army, Police Aided Firm To Defy Court Ruling, Demolish Buildings Owned By 19 Landlords In Rivers—Lawyer




An actual property agency, Livingstone Property within the Igboo-Etche space of Rivers State has demolished buildings owned by Chief Kemakolam Nwanuo and 18 others, asking them to depart their ancestral land.


The demolition occurred after Justice Augusta Kingsley-Chuku gave a judgement towards the landowners. 

The execution of the courtroom order was enforced by the joint efforts of the tactical unit of the Rivers State Police Command, Nigerian Military and state judicial officers, towards individuals who constructed buildings on the land Livingstone Property is claiming for itself. That is regardless of a keep of execution issued by the Courtroom of Attraction on the matter.


Talking in an interview, counsel for the claimant, Augustine Akwarandu stated the motion of the courtroom and safety companies revealed that Livingstone Property has taken over the property in query. 


He added that the preliminary courtroom order had not been vacated by some other courtroom with competent jurisdiction.

He warned individuals who have the intention to purchase or construct within the stated property to desist from doing such, saying it will likely be illegal.


“The courtroom that has the primary occasion to listen to any matter in respect of keep of execution of any judgement is the courtroom of first occasion. 


“That utility needs to be filed on the courtroom of first occasion, thereafter it will possibly proceed to Courtroom of Attraction. None was filed, none was served on the claimant judgement creditor, none was served on the courtroom, none was to the Sheriff’s workplace.


“Everyone knows the method of executing courtroom judgement; it’s a legitimate one and the officers acted in respect of what the courtroom ordered. The claimant searched diligently to know if there was any pending utility in respect to this explicit judgement order and located that there was none,” Akwarandu stated. 

Additionally, Nwanuo the first Defendant stated they’ve secured a keep of execution on the judgement delivered by Justice Kingsley-Chuku on the matter, sustaining that they’ve served it on the events.


Justice Chuku is similar choose that gave the ruling towards human rights lawyer Chidi Odinkalu (human rights activist) and Ayisha Osori (writer) in that defamation swimsuit filed by a former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili.


He, nonetheless, emphasised that they’ve secured a judgement from a customary courtroom that has not been vacated.


“They haven’t appealed that judgement until date, they went again to a excessive courtroom by way of Justice Kingsley-Chuku and secured a purported judgement. We’ve got appealed the judgement and served on them a keep of execution since January 2021; how will they arrive to demolition property when there is no such thing as a courtroom order? 

“We served them the processes by way of the identical method they served us. We’ve got served the OC authorized, the state Excessive Courtroom,” Nwanuo stated. 


The execution of the courtroom ruling has invited pressure within the space, which made the Commissioner of Police within the state, CP Friday Eboka, to ask the events concerned to his workplace on the Police Headquarters, Moscow Street in Port Harcourt.

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