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Court passes judgement on demolition of 372 housing units

The accelerated hearing on the demolition of over 300 housing units in Minanuel estate along airport road in the FCT ended with a judgement perpetually restraining the FCT Administration from taking possession of the land. The court held that the land was duely allocated to the plaintiff even as it averred that the demolition was carried out in line with the law.
0n September 29 2012, several subscribers of houses in minanuel estate along airport road in the Abuja were thrown into sorrow and tears as the FCT administration demolished about three hundred and seventy two housing units that were at 80% completion stage .
Justifying its action, the FCT Administration said the structures were illegally erected. It thereafter allocated the land allegedly to members of the senate committee on FCT while the victims of the demolition were still at the court to seek redress.
The plaintiff had prayed the court to declare the demolition illegal and demanded a compensation of about N5 billion.
In his ruling which lasted three hours, Justice Abubakar Senchi of the FCT high court held that the land was duly allocated to the plaintiff and that the legality of the allocation subsist.
He therefore issued a perpetual injunction restraining the FCT Administration from taking possession of the land or reallocating same to any party.
The judge however declared the demolition of the 372 housing units as consistent with the provisions of the law as the plaintiff did not get the necessary approval to develop the land in line with the Nigerian Urban and Regional Planning act.
While Counsel to the defendant, Joe Gadzama (SAN) says he his satisfied with the judgement, the plaintiff’s counsel say he will appeal the judgement insisting that the demolition was carried out without due procedure of the law.
The accelerated hearing and judgement on demolition of the 372 housing units mark a water shed in the nation’s quest for speedy dispensation of justice.

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