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Abuja High Court Adjourns N750M Case Against "Deeper Life Church" & Chike Udensi.

W.F Kumuyi.

The High Court of the FCT last week, adjourned the 750 million naira case brought before it by an Abuja based realtor, Osita Opara, against the incorporated trustees of Deeper Life Bible Church and an Abia State politician and one-time governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Chikwe Udensi.

The case which was brought before Justice U.P. Kekemeke in the suit marked CV/1756/2021 has Osita Opara through his lawyer, Okechukwu Okafor suing the duo, Deeper Life Church and Chief Chikwe Udensi for refusing to pay his five percent agency fee from a transaction involving the sum of N750 million, which he claimed avers sometime on February 3, 2020, when the defendants met him and engaged him to get them a mansion in Abuja.

Mr. Opara said he procured the property (valued at N750 million) as requested, which put his agency fee as agreed at N37.5 million, being the five percent of the net value of the property. Both parties had agreed that Deeper Life Church would relinquish its former property to the second defendant in exchange for the new property procured by the claimant, Opara.

The claimant averred also that the defendants would jointly pay him the sum of N37.5 million as his agency fee as agreed by both parties, but when the contract was concluded, the defendants refused to pay the agreed sum. He said the refusal to pay prompted his lawyer to write to the defendants, demanding the said fees, which made him (the claimant) to seek the order of the court to compel the defendants to pay him his N37.5 million for facilitating the purchase of the property.

Chike Udensi.

When the matter came up in court, there were arguments between the lawyers of both the claimant, who also is the respondent and those of the 1st and 2nd defendants, prompting the trial judge, Justice Peter Kekemike to adjourn the case till the 23rd of January 2024.

In our opinion, the church, Deeper Life Church should not allow Chief Chike Udensi to drag the reputation it has built over the years to the mud and help salvage the situation so this case could come to an end, for it is unheard of that the church in the court of man over landed property for which the claimant has documents they agreed to pay him a commission for facilitating the transaction.

The back and forth going on is on ego and the church cannot be seen being mentioned in such a case involving a Nigerian politician over money. This case has dragged for reasonably a long time and it should be resolved immediately.


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