Onitshs Party House: NIWA denies N20m bribe to secure ownership

Onitshs Party House: NIWA denies N20m bribe to secure ownership

By Alphonsus Nweze

The National Inland Waterways
Authority (NIWA) has denied speculation that some individuals in Onitsha, Anambra State have collaborated with it to bribe some people in high quarters in Abuja, so that they be granted authority (permission) to own the
defunct Social Democratic Party, (SDP) house along Niger
Street, Fegge Onitsha.

The Onitsha Area Manager, Mr. Fidelis Agbahi, who denied the allegation on behalf of NIWA, said the case over the ownership of the Party House is still pending in the Court and therefore no nobody has the right to
encroach or do anything wih the building.

There has been speculation among the people who have vested interest in the Party House due to the fact that NIWA has no genuine papers to file so as to counter those who dragged them to Court over the Party House, NIWA management and some people in Onitsha were making frantic efforts to comprise powerful people at high quarters in Abuja with N20m to issue them authority paper that will transfer the ownership of the House to NIWA.

But the Area Manager said “”it is false and untrue that some people have gone to Abuja to offer bribe of 20million to secure the ownership of party house.
The case about he party house is pending in Court. We can only get to the party house when the concession for a river port is granted but for now the matter is pending before a court of competent jurisdiction”

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He urged rumour mongers to turn a new leaf adding , “there is
no way we will interfere in a case that is before a court.”

An Onitsha based businessman, Chief Okechukwu Ojimba had
dragged NIWA, J.N. Okpagu and sons Enterprises Ltd and Chief Ngozi Okpagu, to an Onitsha High Court praying for a declaration that the
first defendant (NIWA) lacked the legal right to acquire/take over
possession of property known as party house situate at Niger Street, Fegge Onitsha.

He also argued that NIWA can not lawfully take over possession of the
property for a purpose at variance with the statutory function of NIWA
as prescribed under sections 8 and 9 of NIWA Act cap N47 laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.

He contended that NIWA cannot lawfully take over possession of
the party house for use by the two other defendants for any private
use and for an order of perpetual injunction restraining NIWA from
interfering with/or in any way whatsoever, take over possession of the
property for use for a purpose at variance with the statutory function
of NIWA.

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