Former Super Eagles’ captain, Kanu Nwankwo, has expressed sorrow over the plan to take over his hotel, Hardley Apartment, in Victoria Island, Lagos.
He alleged that the hotel had been invaded and most of his cherished property, particularly, his medals and Olympic torch had been taken away.
The hotel has been a subject of legal war between Kanu and Assets Management Company (AMCON) over an alleged loan not paid back.
Kanu who spoke in Lagos on Monday said the case had been on since 2015 at the Federal High Court, Lagos, and the case had not been decided.
He accused AMCON of taking charge of the property by renovating it when the case had not been decided.
Crestfallen, he said he was being treated unfairly despite being a Nigerian and having served the nation very well.
His words: “It is quit unfortunate that a legendary star, who gave his best to the country would be treated like this.
“This hotel serves many purposes. I have been using the money I get here to fund my heart foundation and also create jobs for people. Over 500 children are on the line for surgery and 200 are on the waiting list.
“Since the hotel has not been functioning, I find it difficult to get funds to assist these children. I have to go the extra mile to beg for funds. This is not fair. The government always tells former footballers not to invest overseas after retirement. They tell us to come back home and invest. I came back to invest and see what I am facing.
“Is this a good experience for other upcoming footballers? Everybody knows I made my money from football. I deserve to be treated well in my country.
“I am Kanu Nwankwo not a foreigner. Right now I need my medals because they are what I will show my children that I served the country with all my heart when they grow up….
“They broke into my hotel without permission from the court. This is injustice to me for a country I gave my best.”