*It’s politically motivated – APC
The Rivers State Home of Meeting has defined why it has reversed possession of the 868 occupied tons by Daar Communications Plc, alongside NTA street in Obio/Akpor Native Authorities Space.
There Communications Plc, operators of African Unbiased Tv and Ray Energy FM, is owned by a pacesetter of the Individuals’s Democratic Get together, Excessive Chief Raymond Dokpesi.
The reversal adopted a report offered in plenary by the Home Committee on Public Complaints and Petitions.
The report adopted a petition in opposition to the corporate by 4 host communities within the state’s Obio/Akpor Native Authorities Space.
The communities are Ozuoba, Rumuosi, Rumuekini and Rumuokwashi.
In the course of the presentation of the report, the Committee’s Chairman and Chief Whip of the Home, Hon. Evans Bipi mentioned that Daar Communications Plc has not supplied land allocation paperwork from the Rivers State Authorities
Hon. Bipi additionally mentioned the corporate paid about N89 million to the Rivers State authorities in opposition to the request of greater than N89 million.
He mentioned: “Half of an acre which is 10.39 plots of land of roughly 4, 998. 8 sq. meters are allotted to Daar Communications Plc.
“And the remaining acres returned to the Rivers State Authorities for different improvement functions.
“That the Land Use Act of 2004 , half 1 (1), 5 (1a and 1b) additionally part 10 (b) (3) (4) (5c) provides the Governor of Rivers State the suitable to revoke, cut back, redesign, reassign, and cancel any land throughout the state for the aim of improvement for the frequent good.”
The Home Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi Awaji-Ibani dominated after a debate by his colleagues that for the reason that firm has a cordial relationship with the state authorities, it might open new negotiations on the property.
“These for 10, in opposition to zero, absence zero.
“Due to this fact, the home has determined that the related property, which based on the committee report, has an space of roughly 39.39 hectares inside Ozuoba structure GRA section 5 as proven on plan quantity RS5289 in complete 868 plots be turned again to the federal government
“And AIT ought to open new negotiations with the federal government in regards to the circumstances for additional occupation of any a part of it. It is solved like that,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, the All Progressives Congress has condemned the state authorities’s motion to take over some components of the nation through which the corporate is housed.
The state’s APC spokesman, Darlington Nwauju, informed our correspondent that the intention was to suppress the media.
Nwauju mentioned: “This distinctive resolution by the Rivers State Home of Meeting to reclaim possession of the land housing Daar Communications Plc, the operators and homeowners of AIT and Ray Energy crops to run, although the corporate as of 1999 paid the sum of N39 million within the state treasury for a similar lot.
“It’s an try and bury the free press below the landmine of public grievance investigation.”
Nwauju additional mentioned the federal government’s motion was politically motivated.
“We view this transfer as purely politically motivated and a disguised try and intimidate the media and Rivers to disclaim folks the liberty of expression, together with the liberty to carry opinions and share info. obtain or transmit as assured in part 10 of the 1999 Structure as amended,” he said