By Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
A legal practitioner, Fubara Iyagba has threatened to sue the Rivers State government for acquiring Trans-Ricia Farm, a property he inherited from his father.
Iyagba stated this yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, while briefing a team of his lawyers headed by Johnson Ugboduma on the level of damage done to the farm, located at Amanambulo Abuloma area of Port Harcourt.
He claimed that the government has destroyed economic crops valued at hundreds of millions of naira on the farmland, arguing that the only way there could be peace is for the government to compensate him.
“My father is not a trouble maker, neither am I. The land which is a family farm called Trans-Ricia Farm has different kind of economic trees and crops planted. In 1991 after the death of my father I inherited the farm”, he said.
“But today, Rivers State government has forcefully taken the land and sold it to a private agent who now called the place Gulf Estate. I am calling on the state government to take into consideration the economic trees and crops damaged at the farm land.”
Iyagba told ThePost that as a peace loving Nigerian, he has employed all manner of approaches to settle the matter amicably with the government but all efforts proved abortive. He, therefore, has resolved to file a suit against the government for general damage and compensation.
“My annoyance is that in spite of all efforts made including writing to the security agencies and other agents of the government it fell on deaf ears, the worst is that government agents descended on my wife and her staffs”, he added.