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Ministry workers, properties thrown out over N7m debt



Properties worth millions of naira were on Friday thrown out of offices in Calabar as a court bailiff carried out an eviction order in the Cross River State Office of the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Apart from properties, at least 40 workers were also ejected from their offices in the complex while it was raining, following N7m rent that the owner of the building was allegedly being owed.

The building is along Parliamentary Road in the state capital.

Some confused workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the situation as a disgrace to the ministry.

Items such as office furniture, television sets, printers, computers, air conditioners, documents and other vital office equipment were left unprotected in the rain.

An unidentified bailiff from a magistrate’s court in Calabar, who carried out the exercise as early as 8am, said the court order was carried out because of the failure of the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja to pay rents over the years.

Punch, July 22, 2017

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