A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Friday ordered the Kano State Government and other respondents to jointly pay two residents of Salanta quaters in Kano metropolis, one Alhaji Saminu Shehu Muhd and Alhaji Tasiu Shehu Muhd the sum of N1m each for attempting to demolished their properties located at No 41, 43 and 68 situated at Salanta, Kano metropolis.
The Court presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda averred that Kano State Government and other respondents’ action of marking their properties possibly for demolition without following due process is infringement to the Applicants right to own immovable property as guaranteed by combine sections of 43 and 44 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
Similarly the court upheld that the intrusion to Applicants’ Properties around 11 pm on 14th June, 2023 in attempt to carried out demolition is clearly infringement to their private and family life as enshrine in chapter of the Constitution of Federal Republic Of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
Justice Amobeda further ordered Kano State Government to repaint the wall of the Applicants which they have marked REMOVED KNUPDA with red paint.
According to New Telegraph, The presiding Judge ordered, That the Respondents, by themselves Agents their servants or proxies whatsoever called forthwith from encroaching, trespassing, entering, invading, demolition or revoking the Applicants’ titles or doing any other act in respect of the Applicants’ properties No 41 and 43 located at Salanta along BUK Road, Kano.
“The Respondents are also ordered to remove the red signing marked: 14th June,/KN/ KNUPDA made by their staff or Agents on the Wall of the Applicant’s Properties situated at Salanta and to repaint the wall to the satisfaction of all respondents.”
Speaking after the Court Judgements on behalf of the Applicants, Barrister Bashir Ibrahim applauded the court for the judgement, he said the judgement is land mark for the protection of Human Rights and respect to human dignity.
On his part, Counsel to Kano state government and other respondents in the case, Barrister Musa Dahuru Muhd, Director Civil Litigation, Kano State Ministry for Justice, said he will study the judgement and advise Government, for the next line of action accordingly.
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