…demands N10 Million damages

An Enugu based journalist, Johnpaul Ani, has dragged the Chief Executive Officer of the Henrico Construction Company, Mr. Maduabuchi Cletus Obeta to the State High Court over what he described as “breach of terms of contract”.

Ani said he’s compelled to take the action following the failure of the firm to deliver the project; a 5-room bungalow apartment after paying the agreed fee for the project.

Ani, through his counsel, Barr. C. D. OGBE is also seeking for the award of Ten Million Naira for damages the failure of the firm to honour the agreement they had at the inception of the project even after getting paid had caused him.

The case with the suit NO. HAGB/28/2021 is before the Honourable Justice O. Anike of the Enugu State High Court and slated for hearing on Friday the 22nd of October 2021.

According to the plaintiff; “Since court is the last hope of common man, I am optimistic that judgement will be entered in my favour and the sum of N10 million awarded as general damages. Mr. Obeta failed, refused and neglected to complete the said project even after I have paid him. I do not want to take laws into my hand, that’s why I had to approach the court and I am confident that I shall get justice” he concluded.

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“The plaintiff is praying the honourable court to compel the defendant, Mr. Maduabuchi Cletus Obeta, CEO of Henryco Construction company to honour the agreement they had in a manner as agreed on 30th may 2021.

Wherein the plaintiff has suffered harm in the hands of the defendant, he is praying the court for an order of specific performance for the said defendant to comply with their initial aggrement by completing the project, alongside the claim for damages as made by the Plaintiff against the Defendant,” part of the suit reads.

However, when contacted, Obeta said he did no wrong and the delay in delivering the project wasn’t any fault of his.

He told JOURNALIST101 that the terms of reference of the job kept changing and the increasing cost of materials also affected the initial sum charged for the work and as a result, he was unable to complete the project.

But in his response, Mr. Ani said he never altered the terms of reference of the contract and at no time did Mr. Obeta nor his firm intimate him on the increase of materials, stressing that this is a deliberate act by the defendant to extort more money from him.

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