A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Anambra State, Chris Udeze, has petitioned the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rita Maduagwu, over the unlawful invasion and seizure of his property by the Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Security Matters, Mr. Azubuike Ekwegbalu.
The petition dated August 4 was entitled, “Re-unlawful invasion, break and entry and illegal carting away to unknown destination of the property of Hon Chris Okey Udeze, MD, Exotic Solution Providers Limited by Mr. Azubuike Ekwegbalu, the Special Assistant to the governor on Security Matters.” It was written and signed by S.O Chukwukelu, a lawyer, on behalf of Udeze.
According to the petition, “Our client’s office situated at No. 57 Zik Avenue, Awka, was on September 4, 2014 invaded by Mr. Azubuike Ekwegbalu with the assistance of his armed thugs and forcibly carted away all his office equipment and other essential materials to an unknown destination. Our client met with the special adviser on the same day for intervention and to ensure that his property was brought back to him.
‘‘He took this approach with the confidence that the responsive and responsible government of Anambra State headed by our amiable governor, Willie Maduaburochukwu Qbiano, will frown at such arbitrary and reckless action of his agent and order for the immediate release of those property with an apology to our client for the inconveniences and loss of revenue.
“The failure/inability of the security adviser to act appropriately prompted our client to petition the secretary to the state government. The petition was attached and marked annexure “A”. From September 4, 2014 till today being August 4, 2015, nothing has been heard from the governor’s aide notwithstanding that the issue at stake borders on our client’s means of livelihood. This is despite the fact that a reminder was sent to the SSG which was written through our office, but yet no reaction. A copy of the reminder cum pre-action notice is attached and marked annexure “B”.
“It is our client’s final instruction that we should put machinery in motion to challenge the illegality, unlawfulness and unconstitutionality of Ekwegbalu’s action. It seems that our client’s patience is seen as cowardice. For the respect we have for you, we then decided to bring this anomaly to your knowledge for assistance.
“In the light of the above instructions from our client, we want to state categorically that when a government agent arbitrarily confiscates a citizen’s property in circumstances that are outside the purview of the law (as in this case) then it is derogatory to due process and antithetical to democracy. This we know very well that the present legislative arm in Anambra State will never encourage. All hands must be on deck to ensure that this good name which our governor and you have built is not dragged to the mud by some of these unscrupulous agents of the government,” the petition read.

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