Court Evicts NPA Staff in C-River After 38yrs Legal Battle
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Court Evicts NPA Staff in C-River After 38yrs Legal Battle

by crossriverwatch

STAFF of Nigerian Ports Authority in Cross River State were on Thursday evicted from their official residential apartments at Ekorinim, Calabar Municipal Council known as harbor village following a court ruling ordering NPA to vacate the property said to belong to a medical practitioner in the state, Dr. Sama Ekpo Sama.

The eviction put to paid about thirty eight years of legal battle between the Nigerian Ports Authority and Dr. Sama who was brought back to Nigeria from Switzerland in the early seventies by the then state government to help develop the health sector of the state.

Dr. Sama had in 1984 in the suit No. C/104/84 dragged the authorities of NPA to court over the property measuring about 11.04 hectares which was said to have been covered by Certificate of Occupancy No. CA/3837/93 where the NPA has as staff quarters claiming ownership of the property and praying the court to order the ‘tenants’ who were said to have confiscated the property to vacate the place.

The Court presided over by Justice U.J. Udofia after hearing from the two parties, on February 18, 1985, delivered a judgment in favour of the plaintiff (Sama) as the rightful owner of the parcel of land and property herein.

Sama who was the Creditor/Applicant in the suit was said to have developed the said property into a Health Farm Clinic and Resort Centre with various medical facilities.

But after obtaining the judgment, the Creditor/Applicant had taken many steps to enforce it but all to no avail as efforts were allegedly made from highly placed personalities in the country to frustrate its execution and on June 4, 2009, another execution order was issued by Justice S.M. Anjor to extend the time within which the judgment Creditor/Applicant could execute it but the NPA went to Federal High Court but also lost the case.

However, the Judgment Creditor/Applicant filed a motion on notice on August 8, 2012 to revalidate the execution order in Suit No. HC/MSC. 180/2012, praying the court to extend the time within which to enforce the 1985 judgment.

Sama in the motion also asked the court to grant him leave to apply for the issuance of execution processes for the purpose of enforcing the judgment and any further orders the court may deem fit to grant.

The presiding Judge, Justice B. E. Ikpeme in his ruling said, “After hearing Mba Ukweni Esquire of Counsel for the judgment Creditor/Applicant and I.E. Ikona Esquire of Counsel for the Judgment Debtors/Respondents adopt their respective written addresses.

“It is hereby ordered that this application be and is hereby granted and the orders are made as specifically prayed in 1&2 of the Judgment Creditor/Applicant’s motion paper.”

As at yesterday’s afternoon (Thursday) property of staff were thrown out of the residential quarters, while efforts were made by some affected staff to evacuate their property from the place.

The Harbor village has about 46 buildings with over 100 people living in those buildings.

    • 12 years ago

    That is How much time do you spend updating this blog every day? I wish every blogger paid so much attention to their blogs.

    • 12 years ago

    THis is scandalous . It is egregious injustice for a case to linger in Court for 38 years. It is especially bad that Judgment in this case was entered in 1984. This case epitomised the lawlessness and culture of umpunity reigining supreme in our country. Governments in Nigeria,be it the Federal, State and Local Governments are bastions of lawlessness and impunity. The Governments here do not obey the law. Then the same Government that do not respect the Cours and the Law expects us to obey the law. Why would NPA refused to obey the judgment that waa delivered against it more than 28 years ago? I recall the fate suffered by my hapless client whose house was demolshed by Calabar South Local Government Council in 1998. My client instituted a case against the Council and won in NOvember, 2004. The Judge who heard the case retired from service almost 10 years but until this momemt Calabar South Local Government Council has refused to comply with the judgment. It is really sad!. All eefforts to execute the Judgment has been frustrated by the Attorney General & Commisioner of Justice of Cross River State. It is really surprising because the Attorney General as the custodian of the Official and Private Bars ought to be the guardian of the Rule of Law.

    • 12 years ago

    We have a big challenge as a nation.if at 52 our judicial system can’t still handle trivial issues!!! No wonder the issues with Bakassi and the likes. God we need you now more than ever.

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