The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello has advised an Abuja excessive courtroom that the daughter of former President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua, Zainab allegedly cast a number of paperwork to put declare to possession of a disputed plot of land in Abuja.
The Minister averred that there was nothing to indicate that the previous President’s daughter ever utilized for land within the FCT or made any cost formally or in any other case to the Federal Capital Improvement Authority, FCDA, to allow her to personal any land in Abuja.
In a joint assertion of protection to a authorized motion instituted by Zainab on the possession of plot 506, Zone B 09, Kado District, Abuja, the Minister and the Federal Capital Improvement Authority (FCDA) who’re 3 and 4th defendants denied ever allocating any plot of land to the plaintiff.
Within the protection assertion dated September 21, 2021 and filed on their behalf by their lawyer, Mr Yakubu Abubakar, the Minister and FCDA knowledgeable the courtroom that Zainab claimed possession of the plot of the Abuja land via a Energy of Lawyer which the donor, one Haliru Malami later disowned as purported vendor.
Zainab via her firm, Marumza Property Improvement Firm Restricted had dragged Itban International Sources Restricted, Haliru Malami, FCT Minister and FCDA earlier than a Excessive Courtroom of the FCT, laying declare to possession of plot 506, Zone B 09, Kado District, Abuja, having allegedly bought the land from the FCDA via Itban International Sources and Malami.
Nonetheless, of their assertion of protection, the third and 4th respondents averred that earlier than submitting the courtroom case, Zainab had allegedly given conflicting accounts of how the land was purportedly acquired via a former Minister of the FCT in addition to acquisition by the use of buy from the first defendant.
They acknowledged that the first defendant who allegedly bought the land, issued a letter on March, 4, 2021, denying ever promoting the land and ever issuing Energy of Lawyer to the plaintiff.
They additional argued that there was nothing within the data of their Division of Land Administration and the Abuja Geographic Info System, indicating that the plaintiff paid any cash whether or not official or in any other case in respect of the land, including that their overview of occasions revealed that the registration of the purported Energy of Lawyer was irregular.
The third and 4th defendants additional claimed that upon the invention that the plaintiff was laying declare to the plot of land via irregular paperwork, they voided and put aside a Certificates of Occupancy purportedly obtained from FCDA.
They, subsequently, requested the courtroom to dismiss the case of the plaintiff with value as a result of she isn’t entitled to any declare within the originating summons.
At Tuesday’s proceedings, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, granted permission to the plaintiff to amend her assertion of declare and subsequently fastened December 15 and 16 for particular listening to of the matter.
Justice Adeniyi had on July 11, declined a request by Zainab, for an injunctive in opposition to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and three others over the disputed land.
Zainab, had via her counsel, Chief Sebastine Hon SAN filed a movement on discover praying the Abuja excessive courtroom to difficulty an injunctive order to cease the FCT Minister and different defendants in her swimsuit from taking any additional actions on the disputed land.
The Choose had held that request for injunctive order on the stage of the swimsuit wouldn’t solely delay the listening to of the matter however will have an effect on the substantive claims and counterclaims within the case.
The daughter of the previous President and ex-wife to former Kebbi governor, Saidu Dakingari, via her firm, Marumza Property Improvement Firm Restricted sued one other Firm, Itban International Sources Restricted, its founder, Halliru Saad Malami, FCT Minister and the Federal Capital Improvement Authority (FCDA) as 1st to 4th defendants respectively on the disputed land.
She claimed that the plot of land was donated to her via an Irrevocable Energy of Lawyer executed on the Federal Capital Improvement Authority FCDA by Itban International Sources Restricted via a purchase order.
In a writ of summons dated June 24, 2021, with swimsuit quantity: CV/1270/2021, Ms Yar’Adua’s firm, urged the courtroom to order the first defendant, Itban, who had allegedly given an “irrevocable energy of legal professional” over the disputed property to give up the land to her agency.
She added that having been issued with an irrevocable energy of legal professional on the plot of land, Itban International Sources Restricted had transferred its curiosity within the land to her personal firm, Marumza Property Improvement Firm Restricted.
The claimant urged the courtroom to make an order compelling Itban International Sources Restricted, 1st defendant and its administrators together with Alhaji Malami (2nd defendant) to execute inside 72 hours of the supply of judgment on the matter, a “Deed of Project in favour of her firm.
Yar’Adua’s daughter additional sought an order compelling the FCT Minister and the FCDA, to do all that’s essential to vest the authorized possession of the disputed property in her inside 30 days from the supply of the decision.
Whereas looking for the sum of N500 million as normal damages, the claimant equally requested the courtroom to difficulty a perpetual order of injunction restraining the first and 2nd defendants and their brokers from laying declare to the property.
Nonetheless, in a counter-affidavit by Mr Malami and his firm filed by their counsel Dr. Remi Peter Olatubora SAN, they alleged that Ms Yar’Adua, utilizing one Sani Rabo and others as “fronts,” unlawfully procured paperwork pertaining to the disputed property within the title of the first and 2nd defendants respectively.
Itban alleged that one Sani Rabo who knew the historical past of the land conspired with the claimant to forge letters, energy of legal professional, resolutions, amongst others to fraudulently switch possession of the land to the claimant.
The first and 2nd defendants claimed that two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Joseph Bodunde Daoudu and Rickey Tarfa who have been earlier engaged by the claimant withdrew their Chambers from the swimsuit upon the invention of magnitude of fraud used to fraudulently declare the land.
Claiming that the land was allotted to them on June 5, 2009, upon cost of all necessary charges, the 2 defendants mentioned the land was not developed as a result of it was within the bush then.
They claimed that the Various Dispute Decision ADR employed by FCDA resolved the matter of their favour displays of their title paperwork that made FCDA to void and cancel the purported energy of legal professional that fraudulently switch the land to Ms Zainab.
Of their 72- paragraph affidavit, the 2 defendants described Ms Zainab’s Firm as a sham having been allegedly registered in gross violation of Firm And Allied Issues CAMA legal guidelines on the Company Affairs Fee CAC.
Particularly, they alleged that the 2 administrators paraded to register the corporate on July 15, 2009, Umar Ibrahim Lange and Maryam Sa’idu have been her organic kids from her two former husbands who have been 7 and one years respectively on the time they have been used as administrators to safe registration in breach of CAMA legal guidelines.
Malami who deposed to the counter-affidavit dated June 7, 2021, averred that Ms Yar’Adua “unlawfully” erected a construction on the property in dispute with out the data of the FCDA or the authority of his firm.
He, nonetheless, claimed that since he found that Zainabu trespassed on the land in dispute in March this 12 months (2021), his personal firm and its administrators have been in efficient occupation of the land.
The 2 defendants pleaded with licensed true copies of paperwork obtained from Company Affairs Fee CAC and FCDA to counter the declare of the claimant and to determine their possession of the land.
Ex-President Yar’Adua’s daughter, Zainab in Authorized battle with FCT Minister, others over Abuja land
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