A Federal High Court sitting in Kano, on Friday, granted an ex-parte motion, halting the ongoing demolition of structures and property in the state by Gov Abba Kabir Yusuf.
The motion ex-parte was instituted by a Kano citizen, Saminu Muhammad, through his lawyer.
Following the motion, Justice S.A. Amobeda restrained the Kano State government and its agents from further demolition of some buildings sited along BUK Road.
Justice Amobeda specifically ordered the Kano state government to halt plans for demolishing the applicant’s property, located on No. 41 and 43 Salanta, along BUK Road, Kano.
Respondents joined in the suit are the Attorney-General of Kano State, the Solicitor General of Kano State, the Governor of Kano State, the Kano State government, and the Kano State Bureau for Land Management.
Others include the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority, Inspector-General of Police, Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police, Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
After listening to the motion moved by the Applicant’s Counsel, Prof. Nasiru Aliyu, SAN, the court ordered an accelerated hearing of the case and adjourned the suit to July 10, 2023.
The order partly reads: “That Order of this Court is hereby made in the interim, restraining the Respondents by themselves, agents, servant or proxies whatsoever called from encroaching, trespassing, entering, invading, demolishing or revoking the Applicant’s titles or doing any other act in respect of the Applicant’s property, No. 41 and 43 situate at Salanta, along BUK road, Kano, covered by Certificate of Occupancy, No. KNMLO8228 and Certificate of Occupancy No. KNMLO8229, pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion.
”That order of this Honourable Court is hereby made granting leave to the bailiff of this Court to serve the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Respondents with all processes and all subsequent processes in this suit through any staff or officer in the office of the 1st and 2nd Respondents and deeming the service valid, personal and proper.
“That Order of this Honourable Court is made granting leave to the bailiff of this Court to serve the 7th and 8th Respondents with all processes and all subsequent processes in this suit through the office of the 9th Respondent and deeming the service as valid, personal, and proper.
“That Order of this Honourable Court is hereby made granting leave to the bailiff of this Court to serve the 10th and 11th Respondents with all processes and all subsequent processes in this suit through the office of the 12th Respondent and deeming the service as valid, personal, and proper.
”Accelerated hearing is hereby ordered.
” That Order of this Court and all the processes in this suit shall be served on the respondents.”
The matter was adjourned to July 10, 2023 for a hearing.