By Tony Oraeki, Awka
Agents of Anambra State government under the auspices of Waste Management Agency, ASWAMA, were restrained yesterday by an Ihiala High court presided over by Justice BA Ogbuli from intimidating, harassing and invading Mr. Greg Offodile, a lawyer, under any form.
The Waste Management Agency had last week allegedly invaded the law firm of Offodile at Aroma junction and threatened to cart away his office movable property for not paying revenue to the agency.
Consequent upon this, Offodile had to drag the agency and two others to court for violating his fundamental rights.
After hearing the lawyer on exparte motion, the judge granted his pleas.
Justice Ogbuli ordered as follows “that I hereby restrain the respondents (Mr. E.F. Ogbogu, Mr. Phil Chinwuba and Anambra State Waste Management Authority), particularly the third respondent (Anambra State Waste Management Authority), their employees, agents, servants, privies or officers from invading or continuing to invade the 1st applicant’s law firm situate at No. 5, Secretariat Road, Aroma Junction, Awka in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State pending the determination of the substantive suit.
“That for AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT, the respondents are restrained by themselves, their agents, employees or officers from seizing or carting away the movable property (ies) of the applicants pending the determination of the substantive suit.”
“That leave is hereby granted the applicants to serve the originating process and any other process (es) on the respondents by depositing the process (es) meant for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents with any registered courier service company for service of same on any employee at the 3rd respondent’s office at Government House, Awka, Anambra State.”
“That the courier Service Company shall return the acknowledgement slip evidencing receipt of process (es) for filing in this court.
“That process (es) served as ordered in (3) above shall be deemed good and proper.”
The matter has been adjourned to June 24, 2015 for hearing.
By Tony Oraeki, Awka