Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-led administration has disclosed why the building housing the chambers of Barrister Nuraini Jimoh was sealed.
There had been reports that the state government locked the facility housing the chamber of one of the lawyers of Ibrahim Shekarau, hours after Shekarau’s All Progressives Congress faction defeated Governor Ganduje in court.
Recall that a high court in Abuja validated the exco elected at the APC congress conducted by Shekarau’s and dissolved the excos of Ganduje’s faction.
The closure of the facility had been linked to the loss suffered by the Ganduje APC faction.
The state government in a statement released on Thursday through its Bureau for Land Management said the target was the owner of the building, not the lawyer.
The spokesperson of the bureau, Murtala Shehu Umar, described reports which linked the issue to the court verdict as mischievous, adding that several other properties were sealed that day.
The statement reads in part, “The state government sealed property belonging to Isiyaka Rabi’u & Sons at C14/C16 Murtala Muhammad way through its committee on Land Use Charges.”
“The committee issued a demand notice to the owner of the said property on the 14th September 2021 and also served him with a warning notice after a month reminding him to come and pay the outstanding ground rent that he did not pay from 2016 to 2021.
“We sealed about 30 properties yesterday 1/12/2021 in different parts of the state such as properties at Zoo Road, Zaria road and Ibrahim Taiwo road.
“Also seven properties were sealed at Murtala Muhammad way who were served with demand and warning notice and are yet to respond. Therefore, the committee will continue to sell any property that his owner refuses to comply with the Land use act.
“As a Land custodian, our record shows that property in plot C14/C16 belongs to Isiyaka Rabi’u & Sons, not Barrister Nuraini Jimo. Our concern is the owner of the property not who is renting the property.”
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