The owner of a beer parlour by name, Francis Ogbonnaya, located at Amasiri in Afikpo Local Government area of Ebonyi state has threatened to sue the council chairman, Hon. Enyim Oko Enyim, to court over alleged debt which runs into half a million Naira for beer purchased on credit.
Efforts to reach the council boss proved abortive as he failed to answer phone calls made to his mobile line. He also didn’t respond to text messages sent to him as at the time of filing this story.
The 56-year old Ogbonnaya, who operates ‘Madison Bar’ in Osisioma road, Ihie Village in Amasiri community, alleged that the debt runs from 2012 when he (Hon. Enyim) was coordinator of Amasiri Development Centre to 2017 when he was elected as the council boss of area.
A petition by Ogbonnaya dated 13th January 2017 which was addressed to the Police Area Command, Afikpo North LGA and made available to Daily Trust, stated that part of the debt were drinks which he (Hon. Enyim) ordered for wedding of his younger brother, Mr. Uga Enyim on 24th November, 2012.
The debt incurred by the council boss on that fateful day for his younger brother was N25,000, our correspondent learnt.
Subsequently, huge chunk of the debts were drinks the council boss supposedly authorized for his friends and supporters during his campaign for the post of council chairman of the area in 2016.
The letter read in part, “Between May 2012 and 2016, Hon. Enyim continued to place order for beers particularly during his campaign in 2016 which is to the tone of N326,000 with cumulative interest of 15.67 percent.
Daily Trust gathered that the debt, which negatively affects the smooth running of Mr. Ogbonnaya’s business, had being reported to the traditional council of the community.