Imo State High Court sitting in Owerri has ordered the state government to pay Mr. Gideon Egbuchulam and his firm, EF Network, the sum of N1 billion over a failed contract.
Apart from the governor, other defendants in the suit are the state Attorney General, Imo State Environmental Transformation Committee and the state Ministry of Petroleum.
The presiding judge, Hon. Justice Ijeoma Agugua, had in suit HOW/538/2011, ordered government to pay N800 million for the failed contract and another N200 million as special and general damages to the claimant.
Justice Agugua was particularly irked that “the defendants failed, refused and/or neglected to file a defence, despite the opportunities given by this court.”
The judge also said he arrived at the verdict after going through the papers filed by the claimants and his evidence, which was unchallenged and after reading the written address of S. O. Ejiogu, counsel for the claimant, as well as hearing the oral address of J. C. Ibe (Mrs.), Assistant Director, Civil Litigation.