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SAN petitions Enugu government over demolition of paint factory

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Rapporteur for Victims of Persecution, Chukwuma Machukwu-Ume has appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, to instruct the Ministry of Justice to file back a withdrawn appeal in respect of a piece of land to the court for proper prosecution.

Mr Machukwu-Ume who is the counsel to an ultra-modern paint factory in Enugu State, had written a letter to Governor Ugwuanyi on the alleged demolition of the factory with a market value of N1.3m by a former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs Uju Ken-Ohanenye.

The Senior Counsel alleged that Mrs Ken-Ohanenye and members of the APC youth wing in Enugu had last week, demolished their rebuilt factory and reduced all the structures therein to the ground level, thereby leaving over 70 employees jobless.

They alleged that all paints and chemicals were poured away and sensitive equipment carted away by thugs who carried out the demolition exercise.

The petitioners reminded the Governor that records of the State Government and Ministry of Land, Enugu State and others showed that in 2013, the Government of Enugu State validly granted Statutory Certificate of Occupancy for 99 years to the factory in respect of a commercial piece of land known and situated at Emene, Enugu State.

Mr Machukwu-Ume therefore urged the governor to use his good office to intervene on the matter and not be misled by inordinate persons.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Muzha Kucha