The Imo State high Court, sitting in Owerri, the State Capital, on Friday, issued an order of interim injunction, restraining Governor Rochas Okorocha, the attorney general of the State, the Commissioner for works, and housing, that of lands, survey and urban planning and The State Government from unlawfully demolishing Nigeria Bar center, situated within the state judiciary complex in Owerri.
The presiding judge, Chukwuemeka Chikeka, in her order, ordered both parties to maintain status quo and respect the pendency of the suit, until the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
The judge therefore, fixed December 19, 2016, for hearing the motion for interlocutory injunction.
Chikeka, said upon considering the motion ex-partre brought pursuant to order 39 rule 3 (1), (2) and (3) of the Imo State High Court (Civil procedure) rules, 2008 and under the inherent jurisdiction of this honorable Court; together with affidavit in support and written address, praying the court for an order of interim injunction, restraining the defendants or her agents from unlawfully demolishing, pulling down or disobeying or in whatsoever manner tempering or unlawfully trespassing into the claimants property or disturbing the claimants occupation or ownership of the properly known as NBA Bar Centre, situated within the Imo State judiciary complex without complying with the relevant provisions of the public lands (Compulsory acquisition) laws of the state pending the determination of the motion on notice.
Addressing newsmen, shortly after the order was given, the chairman of NBA, Owerri branch, Barr. Lawrence Nwakaeti, advised the Governor to obey the order in order to avoid anarchy.
According to him, anarchy looms in a society where there is no respect for separation of powers amongst the three arms of government.
Nwakeati, equally called on the people of the state to reject the content of the document circulating in the State that pensioners would be paid 40 percent of their pension arrears, while they forfeit the other 60 percent.
The legal practitioner urged Governor Okorocha to sanction whoever that issued that document, adding that the document if allowed to see the light of the day would discourage productivity and excellence in civil service in the State.