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Fracas over attempt to evict DESOPADEC Commissioner

WARRI—Attempt by the police  to evict a top official of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC,  from a building at Ogbebor Street, off Aladja Avenue, Enerhen, Delta State,  following an order by the Ebrumede Customary Court, ended in fracas, yesterday.

Vanguard learnt that aides to the DESAPODEC Commissioner and the policemen attached him, engaged the policemen brought by  Mrs. Ehizogie Falegon, the plaintiff in the suit from the Enerhen Police Station, Effurun in a combat and at the end of the battle, several persons were injured.

The  Presiding Judge, Emiakpor Emiaso in his judgment of June 17, 2010 had ordered the court’s  bailiff to execute the court order to evict the defendant, who had lived in Ogbebor’s house for 33 years.

The legal tussle which began in 2005 was decided in favour of the plaintiff,  who inherited the property from her late father, Chief Ogbebor, a former  Vehicle Inspection Officer.

An eyewitness and in-law to the plaintiff, Mr. Fidelis Isibor said trouble started shortly after the DESOPADEC official refused to be evicted by the bailiff, who arrived the residence with the court papers at about 7.00am with about six policemen.

He said the mobile policemen deployed to the DESOPADEC official started making mockery of their colleagues from the court and efforts by the team leader, Inspector Ifeanyi Igbinedion to calm his men failed, when  one of the mobile policemen brought out his riffle and threatened to shoot his colleagues from the station.

“The drama continued as fight broke out shortly, which resulted to the seizure of two digital cameras belonging to Mr. Nelson Polo, a photographer brought by the plaintiff, who was beaten up by aides of  the official,  outnumbered the aides  of Mrs. Falegon,  as he tried to take photographs of the incident,” he said.

When Vanguard correspondent  met with the DESOPADEC official, who wore a singlet and short, yesterday, he said the address in the paper brought by the bailiff is No 1 Ogbebor Street instead of No 2 Ogbebor Street, and he asked him to go back and correct the mistake before coming to execute any order.

The official, according to information available to Vanguard has built his personal bungalow near the property in contention but refused to quit the house, which he has been staying in since 1977, as demanded by Mrs. Falegon.

However, some officials of DESOPADEC insisted they would persuade him to quit the property, yesterday, but at 12.47 pm when our correspondent left the house, the official was negotiating for more time with the bailiff.


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