A Lebanese quarry company continues operations in a community in Ebonyi State despite court order.
A Lebanese quarry company in Ohaechara Village, Opi Community of Amasiri in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, has been accused of disobeying a court order by continuing its operations.
The community leader, Okoche Osim, said that despite the court order restraining the company from operating in the area, pending the final decision of the court, the company proceeded with its operations.
He said that unless the company obeys the court order by stopping quarry activities in the area, the community will fight them to their last blood, since the company refused to obey the constitution of the country.
Mr. Osim said, “We cannot allow them to continue operations despite court order stopping them. The mineral resources is ours, we cannot allow foreigners to be exploiting us without concrete agreement. We went to court to get justice because we are law abiding citizens. We are still waiting for the court action over their disobedient to the order”.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki presided over by Justice M.A. Onyetenu had on February 28 ordered the respondents, Conrock company and nine others, from carrying out quarry operations in the community pending the hearing of the motion on notice.
The ruling stated, “that the respondents in this matter their agents, privies assigns or any person howsoever acting on their behalf or instruction are hereby restrained from carrying on any mining or quarrying operation in or within Ohaechara village, Opi Community Amasiri in Afikpo North local government area pending the hearing of the motion an notice.”
It was based on the disobedience of the court order that the counsel to the plaintiffs, Luke Nwkagu, on March 7 filed a notice of disobedience of court order telling the company through the court that unless they abide by the court order, they would be guilty of contempt of court and would be liable to be committed to prison.
When our correspondent visited the site of the Conrock Company site at Amsiri, there was a beehive of activities going on.
When the reporter asked the site Manager, Elie Ghaleb, why work was still going on despite the court order, he declined to comment and referred our reporter to his counsel, C.N.N Nwagbara, who said that the reporter had no right to know.