The South-East area has waited nervously and patiently for the reopening of the one global airport in Igboland, the Akanu Ibiam Global Airport, Enugu.
Unsurprisingly, it provoked comprehensible reduction and pleasure when the Federal Govt proposed an August 30, 2020 graduation of operations on the airport after large rehabilitation works via the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
It used to be, due to this fact, troubling in equivalent measure, no longer simplest to the federal government however to Ndigbo when one Architect John J. Emejulu led a military of thugs to tug down concrete perimeter fence measuring over two kilometres on the airport. Certainly, his heavy-handed and ill-advised motion posed an actual danger to the continued undertaking particularly at a time that Ndigbo had been expectant of its reopening.
Previous ultimate week, the Nigerian Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika used to be on the website to evaluate the extent of destruction and unambiguously expressed the government’s willingness to answer the wilful injury to its nationwide safety asset.
In line with him, “he (Emejulu) has given the (federal ) Govt the chance to turn how to not wilfully spoil public asset belonging to over 200 million other people…This is a flawed time to check our unravel. This will likely no doubt be the top of this sort of recklessness. It’s unacceptable and I’m positive that we (federal govt) are equivalent to the duty of emerging in defence of our nationwide asset ”
It’s also no longer sudden that Arc. Emejulu who used to be the aggressor now claims to be the villain and tries, with out a lot good fortune, to offer himself because the underdog. However do the information of the subject fortify his suave try to mislead the unsuspecting public?
Now, allow us to scrutinise the information so that you can differentiate them from the fallacies being peddled via Emejulu.
Given how protracted the processes have a tendency to be in Nigeria, and the surprising ease with which ex parte motions are received, the general public frequently will get simply hoodwinked in regards to the veracity of claims made via events in court cases.
A just right instance is the declare now made via the Enugu-based architect after he had demolished the fringe fence at the grounds that he were granted powers to workout possession of the encircling lands via a court docket.
A painstaking scrutiny, alternatively, would typically disclose the reality because it has on this case. However first, some little bit of historical past will assist put this in right kind context.
With the designation of the Akanu Ibiam Airport as a world airport, it become expedient to amplify the runway to house the a lot larger airplanes normally used for global flights.
Because of this, the then govt of Sullivan Chime, throughout the Commissioner for Lands on the time, Albert Edoga, duly issued all related notices in response to the Land Use Act and thereof
bought various contiguous parcels of land that belonged to a couple communities, folks and teams to create room for the growth.
A part of that land bought within the overriding public pastime incorporated Airport Highway Structure Stages IV and V owned via Architect J. J. Emejulu who had bought parts of land in Stages IV and V (the latter used to be no longer registered with the Enugu State Ministry of Lands and City Building) to a couple other people.
It is very important indicate that even though the Nigerian charter vests keep an eye on of lands in state governors who might achieve lands within the pastime of public just right, no matter plans there will have been for repayment used to be pissed off via claims and counter-claims relating to the purchase and possession of the respective layouts.
For example, individuals who bought plots of land from Arc. Emejulu had filed a lawsuit towards him after the purchase. However they’d later succeed in some type of agreement, the phrases of which stated that Emejulu used to be the landlord of Airport Highway Structure Segment IV and V. Paradoxically, the truth that consent judgment bore no hooked up plan intended the land in query lacked the an important parts of specificity and may just no longer, because of this, be known to a selected piece of land.
Depending in this consent judgment dated March 1, 2017, and purporting to enforce its execution, Emejulu started to demolish houses at Oriental Property Structure, as a substitute of Airport Highway Structure Segment IV and V.
Irked via the wrongful demolition in their houses, the house owners filed a Movement on Understand searching for some restraining orders, or an order atmosphere apart the mentioned judgment order of March 1, 2017, mentioning collection of infractions. The movement used to be argued, with the ruling thereof adjourned.
On the other hand, in what may well be described as a devious plot, Emejulu surreptitiously went to any other court docket and sought an order compelling the police to put into effect the judgment of the 2016 lawsuit, with out disclosing the life of the Movement on Understand which, but even so having made an intervening time order for repairs of established order, were adjourned for ruling.
Blind to the total information of the subject, the court docket granted the prayers. It used to be at the energy of this order, albeit received deceptively, that Arc. Emejulu performed his atrocious act of pulling down a protracted stretch of the airport’s perimeter fence.
So, the questions begging for solutions are legion. Those few will suffice. Used to be Arc. Emejulu unaware that the federal government had bought Airport Highway Structure Segment IV and V? This is slightly incredible; in a different way, why would any person practice for repayment to Arc. Emejulu’s predecessors-in-title in appreciate of the purchase?
Can Emejulu declare lack of understanding of a pending Movement on Understand to put aside the court docket order he had depended on, along with any other order for repairs of established order via the events? That too could be far-fetched if the solution is within the affirmative.
Airports are frequently nationwide safety property and limited zones given the various related dangers and catastrophic penalties that might get up from even the slightest operational breach. So, its protection protocols can’t be circumscribed via legalese, in particular one as whimsical as that flaunted via Emejulu.
However even throughout the ambit of the legislation, the grounds on which his motion used to be premised is obviously no longer tenable. But even so,
it has emerged that the demolished perimeter fence in truth fell throughout the space delineated as Akanu Ibiam Global Airport.
The extra one ponders the egregious scale of Arc. Emejulu’s motion, the extra one is satisfied that he may just as smartly stealthily impede a complete runway with bulldozers in a bid to put into effect a presumed beneficial judgment.
No sane society will tolerate such brazen lawlessness and wilful injury to public assets, let by myself a federal asset.
Fact learn, regardless of how a lot he tries to woo public sympathy, this Igbo guy has behaved in some way this is unacceptable to the Govt and unhelpful to Ndigbo. However he’s higher instructed to end up his innocence on the legislation courts than provide fictions as information simply to flee the dangling hammer.
Chuma Mamah is an Enugu-based public commentator