By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—Justice Suleiman Belgore of the Federal Capital Territory High Court has ordered the eviction of former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo from a mansion he is living at the high-brow Maitama District in Abuja. The court ordered Nwobodo to relinquish the property to the owner, Adib-Miles International Limited.
The property in question is a six-bedroom mansion with one bedroom guest chalet and two-room boys quarters at 24, Ona Crescent, Plot 768 Cadastral Zone A5, Maitama Abuja. Justice Belgore, in his judgment, a copy of which was obtained by Vanguard, equally ordered Nwobodo to pay N11 million as arrears of the rent on the premises from June 1, 2009, to May 31, 2011.
In the course of the trial, the court found as a fact that the plaintiff company had sometime in 2008 bought the property from one Alhaji Al-Mustapha Abubakar who had earlier leased the property to Nwobodo. However, Nwobodo had in a counter-affidavit he filed against the suit that culminated to the eviction order against him, claimed that while the property was on offer for sale, he expressed intention to purchase it.