Ekiti State Deputy Governor-elect, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, has sued the state Attorney General (AG) and a contractor for the havoc a flooed wreaked on his private property.
In a suit filed before an Ekiti State High Court, Egbeyemi accused the contractor, HAJAIG Construction Nigeria Limited, of negligence in handling the construction work on Ado-Ifaki Road and the bridge on Ofin River.
The flood overran Crownbiz Hotel, belonging to Egbeyemi, damaged property valued at millions of naira and paralysed businesses in the area.
In the suit filed by his lawyer, Adedayo Adewumi, the politician is seeking general damages of N500 million for the negligence allegedly caused by the defendants.
Egbeyemi is also seeking an order of the court directing the defendants to pay another N46.5 million as special damages, being the cost of the property of the claimants damaged due to the negligence of the defendants.
The plaintiff also prayed the court to give an order directing defendants to find permanent solution to the flood coming to Crownbiz Hotel, situated at Kilometre 4, Opopogboro, Iworoko Road in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Egbeyemi is also praying the court to order the defendants to pay the cost of filing the suit.
In his statement of claim attached to the originating summons, Egbeyemi averred that the second defendant (HAJAIG) “did a poor job, especially the bridge on the Ofin River, which is close to the hotel”.
The plaintiff averred that at the time of filing the suit, the second defendant had not completed the job.
Attached to the originating summons are Egbeyemi’s witness statement on oath, the engineering report, letters written to the state government, plans and photographs showing alleged acts of the defendants on his property.
He said: “The contractor built a ring culvert instead of box culverts. The bridge that was there before the contractor bulldozed it was a colonial box culvert which allowed the river and the flood entering the bridge from the town to flow without blockage.
“The second defendant failed to construct the line drains at Crownbiz Hotel area and it also refused or neglected to construct culverts that were broken or removed by them.
“The blockage brought a great flood disaster to claimant’s hotel through its gate and in June 2014, the hotel rooms were flooded and caused damages to property in the hotel, all the 35 rooms, the kitchen, the reception and a small hall.
“The defendants’ negligence caused serious damage and the destruction of his hotel. Up till now, nothing was done to stop the problem, and this has negatively affected the business of the claimant, which has completely collapsed as a result of the flood that took over the hotel premises.”
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.