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Host community sues UNN over erosion menace, demands N100m

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University of Nigeria Nsukka. Photo: JUJUFILMS

Ajuona Obukpa Community in Nsukka Local Council of Enugu State has sued the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), seeking N100 million damages for alleged degradation of the environment.

In the suit before an Enugu State High Court, the community is also seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the university from continuing the construction of an 11,900-room hostel in the area.

UNN and Viagem Property and Investment Limited are defendants in the suit.

The community, through its council, claimed that construction of the hostel by UNN created erosion that destroyed lands, roads, houses and other properties of Ajuona Obukpa people. It added that it also became a source of mosquito infestation that made malaria a common illness in the community.

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“The plaintiff claims that the roads leading into and out of Ajuona Obukpa Community are devastated. They claimed that they have suffered unquantifiable damage to their properties generally and that the environment was gradually becoming uninhabitable due to construction activities of the first defendant, which is becoming worse” the counsel said.

The community also sought an order of the court directing the first and second defendants to stop the building of the hostel until they control the erosion devastating lives and properties in Ajuona Obukpa Autonomous Community.

Also sought is an interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants, particularly the second defendant, from the construction of the hostel in the premises of the first defendant or any other construction work in the university pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

April 13 was fixed for hearing of the motion.

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