There are indications that new council chairman of Yakurr LGA, Ikpi Ikpi Akpama and his yet to be constituted Executive Council may take off on the wrong foot. The reason is simple; there is a garnishee court order on the council’s account for a transaction entered into by the immediate past chairman of council, Ubi Itam Ettah, on behalf of the council. A garnishee order is a legal procedure by which a creditor can collect what a debtor owes by reaching the debtor’s property when it is in the hands of someone other than the debtor.
Sources within the council informed calitown.com that the amount that triggered the court order is a tidy N10 million naira, supposedly owed a particular contractor (name withheld) for a job executed in the council. However, there is a curious twist to the information available to calitown.com on the garnishee order. One source said, “the contractor, acting with the connivance of Ubi Itam Ettah, got the garnishee order, hoping to through their action, get serial deductions from council’s coffers”. It is a piece of information that calitown.com was yet to verify at the time of going to press. But then, it was verified that the garnishee matter was recently brought by a few concerned Yakurr individuals to the informal court of their political leader, House of Reps member, Bassey Eko Ewa, widely known to have stood for and supported the candidature of Ettah and the six years he ran the council. Ewa is said to have offered minimal excuses for his acolyte, preferring to keep mum on the matter in public while he is also said to be “working on getting to the root of the matter”.
When calitown.com spoke with council chairman, Akpama, on the phone, he confirmed that, “yes there is a garnishee order on the council’s account and as I am talking to you, I am trying to see the Judge who gave the order so that a few legal details can be ironed out. If we do not succeed in getting this done, it will be a bit difficult for my administration to deliver on her promises”. Pressed for further details, he declined to say more but only gave this assurance, “in the days ahead we may be able to lay bare the hidden components of this order; that is all I can say for now”.
With this development, it is looking like the former chairman considered in many quarters to have presided over a six-year reign of terror in the LGA and his antics are headed for the front burner, making the wrong headlines, even after leaving office.
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