Former Governor of Old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, has been ordered to vacate a mansion he resides in Maitama, Abuja over his inability to pay rent, The Nation reports.
According to Thisday, an Abuja High Court ordered Nwobodo to relinquish the property to the owner, Adin-Miles International Limited. Nwobodo has reportedly not paid his rent and has also refused to vacate the building.
The property that is the subject of dispute is a six bedrooms mansion with one bedroom guest chalet and two rooms’ boys quarters situated at 24 Ona Crescent, Plot 768 Cadastral Zone A5, Maitama Abuja. The court order was given by Justice S. B. Belgore.
The owner of the property hired a lawyer, Obinna Ajoku , to evict him from the building when Nwobo refused to pay the rent in question. When all entreaties to Nwobodo failed, Ajoku filed a case against him at the Abuja High Court.
The property owner claimed four reliefs against Nwobodo, which includes that he should deliver vacant possession of the property, he was also ordered to pay N11 million as rent and N3 million to renovate the premises.
Nwobodo then filed a counter claim, with arguments that while the property was offered for sale, he had expressed his intention to buy it, but did not make any payment because according to him, the plaintiff induced his landlord to sell the property to it which was what eventually happened.