A High Court sitting in Nsukka, Enugu State has fixed December 2, 2021, to hear a case against the University of Nigeria, UNN, over its actions said to be allegedly threatening the existence of Obukpa community, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.
DAILY POST reports that Obukpa is one of the host communities.
The suit No N/86/2020 was filed by Hon Nnaemeka Aleke, seeking to restrain the UNN and Viagem Property and Investment Limited from further development of the 11,900-room hostel over alleged environment degradation in Obukpa Community.
This is even as the Eze of Obukpa, His Majesty, Eze-Agu John Ugwuidenyi, also pleaded with the court to grant an interlocutory injunction to the suit as a result of flooding which the siting of the said hostel was causing in his community.
Justice Mathew C.O Eluke, who presided over the case, adjourned it to 2nd December, 2021, to enable the parties involved reconcile areas of differences.
While explaining the reason for the adjournment during an interview the Counsel to the Plaintiff, Barr C. I Odo, said “There are multiplication of applications pending before the court.
“We have made the court understand that because of the challenge to what we filed earlier, the University of Nigeria is saying that we have given the institution a wrong name. As a result of that, we have decided to amend the name to bring it properly, such that they won’t have any complaint again. That was the application the court took and agreed that the name has been properly amended.
“The institution is saying that they are not University of Nigeria, Nsukka, but the University of Nigeria, and must be properly addressed as such in the suit filed.
“We filed the interim and the interlocutory injunctions but because we were not able to take the interim injunction at the initial time before its lifespan of seven days, it has expired. We have withdrawn it.
“We have served them the interlocutory injunction which has mandated the defendants to tell the court why they should not stop work on the construction of the hostel pending the hearing and determination of the suit. That is why it was put on notice.
“The defendants have filed a paper asking the court not to stop them because the hostel is a good project they have brought to accommodate the students and defeat the accommodation challenges which the institution is facing.
“We are not against that. We are only saying that the project they brought to the university should not march on our heads. The project has blocked free flow of water in Obukpa community. As a result, flooding is now pulling down buildings, and destroying properties. It has put the lives of the people of Obukpa Community in danger.
“The community is demanding N1 billion for the damages already caused, and we are saying that if they must continue, they should come and produce erosion channels and embankments which would contain the flooding that would be coming from the property into the community,” he said.
Also, the monarch, Ugwuidenyi, in an interview, stated that the flooding which he attributed to the ongoing construction of the hostel, had continued to ravage properties in his community, adding that his people would not take anything less than the injunction which would mandate the first and second defendants to meet the conditions his community had put to them before continuing with the project.
“I am pleading with the court to grant an injunction to the suit No N/86/2020 filed by my son, Hon. Nnaemeka Aleke, which seeks to restrain the University of Nigeria, and Viagem Property and Investment Limited, being the first and second defendants respectively, from further development of the hostel which has channelled flooding to my community until the defendants meet the conditions the community has tabled to them.
“The environmental degradation the said construction is causing to my community is unbearable as flooding continues to wreak havoc, threatening our lives and properties.
“My community will not take anything less than the injunction in the next court appearance scheduled for 2nd December, 2021,” he said.
PSG: You need to justify ‘nightmare trio’ – Berbatov to Messi, Neymar, Mbappe
Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has urged Paris Saint-Germain stars, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, to justify their label as the “nightmare trio.”
Berbatov believes Messi, Neymar and Mbappe have not fulfilled their expectations yet at PSG.
DAILY POST reports that this is coming less than two days after PSG lost 2-1 to Manchester City in a Champions League tie on Wednesday.
“I don’t think PSG’s star-studded frontline is working at the moment. I think there is a glimpse of what it can be, but it’s not there yet. They are trying, I can see that. But at the same time, when they play big teams like Man City, you could sometimes see that they knew exactly how this trio was going to play, how they were going to pass – they were predictable – and the City players read the game and knew how to stop it.
“They [Messi, Neymar, Mbappe] need to do a lot of work to make it click.
“Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe need to justify that label of ‘the nightmare trio’ for the defence. They can produce a much better play and help the team produce good results,” Berbatov wrote in his Betfair column.
Messi has scored just four goals and registered two assists in 10 appearances across all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season.
Neymar has scored just three goals and provided three assists in 13 appearances across all competitions for PSG.
Mbappe, on the other hand, has scored nine goals and registered 12 assists.
EPL: Rangnick makes Manchester Utd coaching staff request as Carrick, others await fate
Incoming Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, has requested to speak to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s old coaching staff, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, before deciding the make-up of his Red Devils coaching staff.
According to The Athletic, Rangnick will meet with Carrick and McKenna in the coming days as he has already requested at least one new coach to add to his coaching staff.
The report added that the 63-year-old would also be allowed to bring in two of his trusted assistants, with Lars Kornetka – who worked with him at Hoffenheim, Schalke and RB Leipzig – set to join his long-time friend at Old Trafford as his right-hand man.
Rangnick is on the verge of becoming Man United’s interim manager until the end of the current season.
The former RB Leipzig manager has reached an agreement with Man United on a six-month contract and will then take up a two-year consultancy role.
The German has a history of developing coaches and Man United feel they have already invested a lot of time, resources and money into Carrick and McKenna and do not want to see that go to waste, with the pair potentially even joining the permanent manager’s staff next summer.
Zamfara: Police arrest woman with 991 ammunition for bandits
The Zamfara State Police has arrested a 30-year-old woman while trying to convey 991 ammunition to the camp of a notorious bandit leader on security agents wanted list.
The suspect identified as Fatima Lawali, was on her way from Sokoto to deliver the weapons to Ado Alero, a notorious bandit hibernating in the forest along Zamfara when she was arrested at Gada Biyu area in Bungudu LGA of Zamfara State.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Ayuba N. Elkanah, paraded the suspect along with other on Friday at the state command headquarters on Friday.
Fatima, an indigene of Kaura Namuda, is said to specialise in supplying arms and ammunition to hoodlums operating within the northwestern states.
The Police boss while parading the suspect said: “Fatima Lawali, a native of K/Namoda LGA who specializes in supplying arms and ammunition to Bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger States respectively. was arrested at Gada Biyu area, under Bungudu LGA with nine hundred and ninety one (991) rounds of AK-47 live ammunition, conveying them from Dabagi Village in Sokoto State to be delivered to a notorious bandit’s kingpin called Ado Alero who has been terrorizing Zamfara and neighbouring states. Investigation in progress.”
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