Estate development giant, Trademore International Limited and Chairman, Engr. (Dr) Emmanuel Mbaka have refuted purported claims by a former commissioner in Abia state, Eze Chikamnayo, suggesting that over 10, 000 plots of land were illicitly transferred them.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the company regards the open letter by Eze Chikamnayo as a spurious attempt to taint the company and its chairman’s image.
The statement read: ‘’We wish to clarify that as a business man with proven competence and corporate integrity, Engr. Dr Mbaka and Trademore International Limited do not and will not be associated with controversies that will taint our hard earned image over the years.
‘’We have consistently contributed to the economic advancement of our beloved country through multiple investments in many Nigerian cities including Abuja, and our chairman has led several business and corporate organisations.
‘’After great successes in many parts of Nigeria, we thought it was time to reward the love of our people by extending businesses and opportunities that will better the lives of the people of Abia through employment and entrepreneurships.
‘’Contrary to any claim or suggestion of land grabbing, all we have done is change the narrative about our people and reclaim our spot as an economically viable state. We are not a party to any shady deal whatsoever and have only conducted legitimate businesses and transactions both in Abia and everywhere else.’’
According to the statement, the land hosting the Umuahia event centre was neither grabbed nor forcefully taken away from anybody. The statement read that the land was legally acquired by the then Governor of Abia state, Chief T A Orji in accordance with the provisions of land use Act, with verifiable evidences.
‘’We must join hands to develop and move Abia state forward and stop castigating the character and integrity of Abians who have selflessly sacrificed their resources and time to make Abia a great state.
‘’Our investments in the state haven’t even yielded any benefits yet, and sometimes we take it to be a form of corporate social responsibility. Our ultimate dream is to be part of the Abia state that will attract more investments and business opportunities.
‘’We categorically distance ourselves from any brewing controversy and wish to highlight our image as a business with proven competence and integrity – the pillar upon which our success stories have been reliant on.’’
The statement berated the writer for not doing a thorough background check before embarking on what was referred to as a desperate attempt to smear and blackmail innocent people.