Justice SA Amobeda of a Federal High Court in Kano has stopped Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State from further demolishing structures.
Saminu Muhammad, a Kano citizen, instituted the motion ex-parte through his lawyer.
The court, following the motion, restrained the state government and its agents from further demolition of some buildings along BUK Road.
Amobeda specifically ordered the government to halt plans for demolishing the applicant’s property, located on No. 41 and 43 Salanta, along BUK Road, Kano.
The Kano State’s Attorney-General, Solicitor General, Governor, the state government, and the state Bureau for Land Management are respondents joined in the suit.
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 are others included in the suit.
The court ordered an accelerated hearing of the case and adjourned the suit to July 10, 2023, after listening to the motion moved by the applicant’s counsel, Prof. Nasiru Aliyu, SAN.
According to the order, “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 the Court is hereby made granting leave to the bailiff of the Court to serve the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Respondents with all processes and all subsequent processes in the suit through any staff or officer in the office of the 1st and 2nd Respondents and deeming the service valid, personal and proper.
“that the Court is made granting leave to the bailiff of the Court to serve the 7th and 8th Respondents with all processes and all subsequent processes in the suit through the office of the 9th Respondent and deeming the service as valid, personal, and proper.”
It added that the court bailiff should serve the 10th and 11th respondents with all processes and all subsequent processes in the suit through the office of the 12th Respondent and deeming the service as valid, personal, and proper.