From EMEKA NWULU, Owerri
THE looming crisis and unquenchable fire of trouble confronting the state governor Dr. Anayo Rochas Okorocha and the Imo State Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) is yet to be resolved following the recent warning of the association to the governor to stay off action of execution, the dream of unconstitutionally destroying properties owned by Imo citizens wantonly within Owerri capital city especially orlu road, Amakohia-Akwakuma, court centre axis without due process.
Addressing National Daily in owerri, the NBA chairman Bar. Lawrence Nwakaeti said it is ilregal and quite unconstitutional for the present administration to destroy people’s property without given notice to the rightful owners and compensation.
He said the association is a vital instrument to defend the peoples’ right, adding that they have risen to the occasion to speak for the society especially, the voiceless and downtrodden.
He maintained that the association in a strong term will not allow the obnoxious stand of the state government’s agencies that are not in tandem with the rule of law and democratic principles.
The gathering that identified with the association’s confined exco members exhibiting the same feelings with their chairman queering the governor, why deriving joy for destroying business premises and homes that have been existing for over 30 year and were considered by the confines of law in disguise to the road expansion without compensations to the Owners.
The NBA boss argued that if by any reason, there is law to alter the master plan of the city to that effect, that it must take into recognition the existing status-quo, making reference to 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria where he said nobody has the right to take away or demolish illegally erected building without due consultations of the rightful owners.