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Court Issues Restraint Order To El-Rufai From Demolishing Abacha’s Hotel




Kaduna State Governor has been ordered to halt the move to demolish late. Gen. Sani Abacha’s property.

Naija News learnt that Justice Hanatu Balogun of the Kaduna state high court has issued a restraining order to Governor Nasir El-Rufai from taking further action on the demolition of late Gen. Sani Abacha’s property.

The Durbar Hotel Plc located along the Muhammadu Buhari Way in Kaduna, the state capital, which reportedly belongs to the family of the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, was tempered with by officials of the state, led by the Kaduna State Urban and Property Development Agency.

Naija News understands that the hotel has been under litigation between the Federal Government and the family of the late Head of the State since 2001.

It was noted that the Abacha family have won the case both at the lower and the appellate courts and that the case is now before the Supreme Court, before the Kaduna State Urban and Property Development Agency commenced demolition on a part of the hotel.

Meanwhile, the restraining order was based on an ex parte motion brought before the court by the hotel’s management through the lawyer to the Abacha family, Mr Reuben Atabor, praying the court for an order of interim injunction restraining el-Rufai and agencies of the state government from demolishing, taking over, or tampering with the property.

The hotel management, in the application, also sought an interim injunction restraining el-Rufai and agencies of the state government from further trespassing on the property pending the determination of the motion on notice.

Justice Hanatu Balogun in her ruling granted the order of restraints to the State Governor and the Agencies.

She stated, “I grant an order restraining the defendants from taking over the property in issue and from further tampering with same or trespassing on same or developing or assigning same pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice,” she stated in the order.

The case was then adjourned till February 4.

In another news, Naija News had reported that Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led administration has approved free education for primary and secondary school students in Kaduna State.

The development was revealed in a statement released by the Permanent Secretary of the state ministry of education.

The Kaduna State government noted that students irrespective of gender and economic status will receive free education in government schools.

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