Kanu Laments Illegal Takeover Of Property

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Chairman, Keffes Rural Development Foundation, Mr Mathew Sele-Epri (left), briefing Acting Permanent Secretary, Bayelsa State Ministry of Mineral Resources, Mr Christmas Brass, at the inauguration of 20 community development projects in Chevron’s host communities in the State, recently.

Former Nigeria Super Eagles Captain, Nwankwo Kanu, last Monday said he was embittered by the illegal takeover of one of his properties, “Hardly Apartment’’, located in Victoria Island, Lagos, which was under litigation.
Kanu told our correspondent in his Kanu Heart Foundation Office, Ikeja, that such trespass was against the court’s injunction.
The said property, Hardly Apartment, is a subject of litigation and has been under temporary possession of AMCON since 2015 over alleged indebtedness.
Kanu, fondly call “Papilo’’, said that he had been in the dark about the possession of the hotel until he went there to see for himself the latest development.
“I have chosen to obey the court ruling on the property because the court has yet to award it to anyone, but I kept on receiving reports that work is on going on the property.
“I decided to see the development on the property today myself, and I found out it is true. I cannot imagine a property that has a competent court order being trespassed.
“We need to obey the court ruling on the property. There will be a court sitting this month, but to my surprise it has been taken over before the court ruling.
“It really hurts me to see that a property under litigation and that an injunction of a court could be disregarded with work ongoing there. I am a law abiding citizen and I think people should respect that,’’ he said.
Kanu said he had paid his due to the country as a patriotic citizen right from his teen, while promising to do more under a right atmosphere.
“I want to say that people are looking up to us. The country wants us to come and invest in Nigeria which we have done, but this should not be the result we are getting.
“I so much believe in Nigeria right from my tender age when I represented the country at the age of 17 and I have remained patriotic winning several honours for the country.
“I also believe that having properties like this will create jobs for the people who are looking up to us but such investment is what some want to take away illegally and forcefully.
“As a patriotic citizen, our investment should be better protected than being taken over illegally,’’ he said.
Kanu said that proceeds from the property was one of the sources of his funding the Kanu Heart Foundation Project, but added that he had been left to rue his loss.
He appealed to the government to intervene in the matter not for himself but for the many heart patients that have yet to benefit from the treatment offered by the foundation.