The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Imo State Council has refuted report that the certificate of occupancy of its old secretariat on Port Harcourt Road, Owerri has been handed over to a group which claims to be the Caretaker Committee of the council.
The leader of the committee, Precious Nwadike had in a post on Tuesday, October 19 on his verified Facebook wall published photographs of the former Chairman of the council, Ben Osuagwu handing over a framed certificate to him.
Nwadike therefore warned those he described as fraudsters who want to sell the property to be guided in their own interest because according to him, “we have not come to joke”.
But commenting on the development, the Chairman of the union in the state, Chief Chris Akaraonye said the original certificate of occupancy of the property is in his possession.
According to him, the certificate of occupancy of the property was handed over to him alongside other documents and property of the council by his predecessor, Sir Innocent Igwe.
Akaraonye further disclosed that his executive had since confirmed the certificate of occupancy in its possession to be genuine and the original copy at the state Ministry of Lands, Survey and Physical Planning.
Contacted on the issue, the former Chairman of the council, Ben Osuagwu told our correspondent on telephone last night that he handed over the certificate of occupancy of the property to Nwadike on Tuesday, October 19.
He could not offer any response when our correspondent wanted to know how he could still be in possession of the C-of-O of the property many years after he had left office.
When our correspondent called Nwadike on telephone and introduced the matter, he refused to respond to enquiries on the issue until the call went off.
He also refused to take two subsequent calls put across to him.