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Eid Ground Demolition: Court Restrains KNSG From Transferring of Applicants’ Title to Saudi Firm

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By Bashir Muhammad Inuwa

The Federal High Court sitting in Kano has restrained Kano State Government from unlawfully alienating or transferring the title Applicants’ demolished business premises at Kofar Mata Eid Ground Kano to Saudi Foriegn Firm or any other for any purpose whatsoever, pending the hearing of the substantive application.

The Incorporated Trustees of Masallacin Eid Shop Owners and Traders Association and 55 other Applicants approached the Court, with an Exparte Application, through their counsel, Dr. Nura A. Ayagi seeking the Court to restrain Kano State Government from unlawfully transferring their Title of demolished bussiness premises at Kofar Mata Eid Ground to Saudi Forieng Firm.

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In his ruling, on the Exparte application, Justice Simon Amobeda said after hearing of Dr. Nura A Ayagi, Counsel to the Applicants ordered as follows:

“That the First Respondent, ( Kano State Government) are restrained from unlawfully alienating or transferring the title to Applicants’ demolished business premises at Kofar Mata Eid Ground Kano, subject matter of this action to a Saudi Foriegn Firm or any other person for any purpose whatsoever, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive application.”

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That the 4th to 8th Respondents are restrained from partaking in any action intended to permanently deprive the Apicants of their title interest and their unlawfully demolished business premises in and around the kofar Mata Eid Ground Kano, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive application.” The court ordered.

Justice Amobeda similarly ordered that the time for hearing of the application is abridged for accelerated hearing.

It also ordered that the Respondents shall be served with copies of the order, Applicant’s motion on notice, along side copies of the Affidavit within five days of the order to enable the. Respondents to file their responses and proof of service shall be filed with the Registry of the Court.

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The 8  Respondents in the suit include:

Kano  State government, Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA), Attorney General of Kano State, and Nigeria Police Force.

Others are, Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 1, Commissioner of Police Kano State, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), Commandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) Kano command.

Justice Amobe consquently adjourned the sitting to 19th July, 2023.

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