The Abacha family will prove their accusation against the Kaduna government on April 4
A Kaduna State High Court has fixed for April 4, 2022 the lawsuit brought by the family of the late General Sani Abacha against the Kaduna State Government for the alleged illegal demolition of Durbar Hotel PLC.
The presiding judge, Justice Hannatu Balogun, set the date for the proof of the case by the hotel owners after submissions from plaintiffs and defendants.
When the case came up on Thursday, Abacha’s family’s lead attorney, Dr. Reuben Atabo (SAN), lamented how defendants have frustrated the case since 2020.
Atabo was in court with two other senior Nigeria (SAN) attorneys Samuel Katung, Johnson Usman and seven attorneys.
The hotel, owned by the family of the late head of state, General Sani Abacha, had filed a lawsuit against the state government’s alleged plans to repossess the property despite the pending appeal on the matter in the Supreme Court that the state government filed to challenge the verdicts of the lower courts.
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However, the lawyer for the defendants, Mustapha AU (SAN), represented by Sule Umar, told the court that the defendants had filed a complaint for a change of lawyer and: “We are asking for a new date because we are already working on the defense “.
But Dr Atabo (SAN) expressed concern at the energy wasted by the defendants in proposing an appeal on a case that has been going on for two years. “We are ready to prove our case by the next session,” Atabo told the court.
The hotel located in a prime area at Muhammadu Buhari Way (WAFF Road) requires a declaration that it is the title holder of the plot of land measuring approximately 5,378 hectares and covered by the state occupancy certificate of Kaduna No. 17789, Kaduna North Local Government Area.
A statement that the demolition of the claimant’s property is and is found on the General Certificate of Occupancy dated May 7, 1990 by the Kaduna State Government is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void.
The hotel is also asking the court for an injunctive order enjoining the defendants, their agents, servants, privates and anyone else from transferring, assigning or selling in any way any part of the property.