Nigerians allege company failed to build community well despite payment

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 31, 2011, 8:27am

GALVESTON - Local residents Kevin and Ijeoma Ononugbo allege Relief Network Ministries Inc. and Ambrose Okorie failed to dig a community well in their native village in Nigeria.

The Ononugbos paid Relief Network and Okorie a total of $9,000 for the well, but claim the defendants did not perform as they promised, a lawsuit filed Oct. 24 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 states.

The original petition shows the parties entered into a contractual agreement in July 2006. In February 2007, the plaintiffs visited the site where the Okorie indicated they would dig the well.

"After returning, the parties agreed upon services to be rendered, and the plaintiffs agreed to pay a total of $11,000 for the community well," the suit says.

According to the complaint, the Ononugbos made payments of $5,000 in July 2006, $2,000 in April 2007 and $2,000 in May 2007.

"Subsequent to the initial payment, the defendants were to commence performance pursuant to the parties' agreement; however to date, the defendants have failed to performed as promised," the suit says.

Consequently, the plaintiffs seek approximately $100,000 in damages.

They are represented by attorney Anthony P. Griffin of Galveston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 Judge John Grady.

Cause No. 66,227

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