Letter to the President, Nigerian Bar Association
Posted: 23/Aug/2014

NOTIFICATION OF THE FLAGRANT DISREGARD OF THE JUDGEMENT OF COURT CONCERNING THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE OWERRI, VENUE OF THE PROPOSED ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE BAR
The above refers.
On behalf of the entire management and staff of Gee Plaza Hotel Limited, Majority owner of Imo Hotels Limited, I wish to congratulate and identify with you for the pivotal roles the Bar has been playing in our body policy as the mouthpiece of the downtrodden.There is no doubt that majority of nigerians have found hope and rays of light owing to your sterling and exemplary leadership qualities. May the good Lord continue to guide and protect you.

Sir, due to the investment drive of the past administration in Imo State, Gee Plaza Hotel Limited acquired the majority and controlling shares in the then Imo Hotel Limited. The payments for the shares were segmented into two and to be paid vide cash and investment in lieu of cash. Gee Plaza Hotel Limited complied and proceeded to refurbish the hotel so as to bring it up to the best international stadards, Alas, that was not no be as the government of Governor Rochas Okorocha began subtle moves to truncate the process by frustrating all the developmental efforts of Gee Plaza Hotel Limited. They pulled down the existing structures and dissipated the assests of the hotel.

Unable to stomach the continued infraction, Gee Plaza Hotel Limited went to court with a view to safeguard its investment, after exchange of pleadings, the trial court Per 1.0 Agugua, found for us and declared the actions of Imo State Government as null nad void (copy of the judgement is herewith attached).Several letters were also written to the government and its agents in the regard (copies herewith attached).

While the matter was in court, the government of Imo State began to foist fait accompli on the court by constructing the international Conference center and other structures on the property. They went ahead to even construct access road therein and refused to obey the judgement of court till this day. This is a flagrant abuse of power and executive lawlessness. As it stands today, Gee Plaza Hotel Limited is the lawful owner of the whole property known as old Imo Hotel Limited and its consent has not been sought for ues of the premises to host the forthcoming annual general conference of Nigerian Bar Association.

As a reputable and law abiding organisation, we strongly believe that the leadership and entire members of NBA will not leand itself to this anti-democratic tendency and trespass. As a body of lawyers who should lead by example,we hereby call upon you to boycott the annuel event sought to be hosted on property and or relocate to another venue. Already, we have commenced legal moves to make sure that this abuse of power and emasculation of an innocent investor do not materialise.

While thanking you for your anticipated understanding and cooperation, please accept the assurances of our warm regards and esteem.
Yours faithfully,
Pp: GEE PLAZA HOTEL LIMITED
Chief Athan N. Achonu
MD/CEO