Demolition Notice: Court extend life of exparte order till April 6

‎Demolition Notice: Court extend life of exparte order till April 6

Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna

High court sitting in Kaduna yesterday extended the Exparte order restraining Kaduna State Government and its agency, Kaduna State Urban ‎and Property Development Agency (KASUPDA) from carrying out any demolition exercise at the Gbagyi Villa in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

Residents of gbagyi villa had approached the High Court and prayed ‎the court to restrain Kaduna state government or any of its agents from carrying out any demolition exercise as contained in the demolition notice served on them.

The court granted their prayer and adjourned till yesterday for hearing on the case .

At the resumed sitting yesterday, the presiding judge, Justice Hannatu Balogun again adjourned the case till 6th April, 2016 for the motion of notice to‎ be heard.

The adjournment followed ‎the application by the counsel to the  defendants, Director Civil Litigation in the State Ministry of Justice, Aliyu Usman that some of the defendants have not been properly served.

Kaduna state Government, KASUPDA, Ministry of Lands and Survey, General Manager KASUPDA are defendants in the suit.

Earlier, counsel to the gbagyi villa residents, John Achimugu Esq‎ reiterated the position of his clients, when he said, a good number of the residents got valid building permits from KASUPDA after paying the prescibed amount and wondered why the same agency would turn around to be used to demolish same building given building approval by them.

It would be recalled prior to the Exparte order restraining any demolition exercise at the gbagyi villa that KASUPDA had ‎served the residents a 21 days demolition notice, an action which caused a lot of apprehension.

By the notice, no fewer than 3000 fully built houses, 40 churches among several other structures were to be demolished.

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