The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, has revealed to a Abuja Excessive Courtroom that Zainab, the daughter of former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, allegedly cast a number of paperwork to put declare to possession of a disputed plot of land in Abuja.
Zainab had sought a authorized action on the court docket in opposition to the FCT minister and three others over the controversial land.
Based on the lawsuit, the ex-President’s daughter is in search of the sum of N500million as normal damages in opposition to the FCT minister and the opposite defendants.
She additionally needed the court docket order for a perpetual injunction restraining the first and 2nd defendants and their brokers from laying declare to the property.
Nevertheless, in a joint assertion of defence to the swimsuit over the possession of Plot 506, Zone B 09, Kado District, Abuja, the minister and the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) who’re third and 4th defendants refuted ever allocating any plot of land to the plaintiff.
The minister insisted on Tuesday that there was nothing to show that the previous president’s daughter ever utilized for land within the FCT or made any cost formally or in any other case to FCDA to entitle her to any land in Abuja.
Within the defence assertion dated September 21, 2021 and filed by their lawyer, Mr. Yakubu Abubakar, the minister and FCDA knowledgeable the court docket that Zainab claimed possession of the plot of the Abuja land by way of an influence of lawyer which the donor, one Haliru Malami, later disowned as purported vendor.
The respondents maintained that earlier than submitting the court docket case, Zainab had allegedly issued conflicting accounts of how the land was purportedly acquired by way of a former minister of the FCT in addition to acquisition by the use of buy from the first defendant.
They submitted 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 records of their Division of Land Administration and the Abuja Geographic Data System, expressing that the plaintiff paid any cash whether or not official or in any other case on the subject of the land, including that their evaluate of occasions revealed that the registration of the purported energy of lawyer was irregular.
Extra so, the respondents affirmed that upon the invention that the plaintiff was laying declare to the plot of land by way of irregular paperwork, they voided and put aside a certificates of occupancy purportedly obtained from FCDA.
Subsequently, they’re praying the court docket to dismiss the case with value as a result of she just isn’t entitled to any declare within the originating summons.
In the meantime, the presiding choose, Justice Olukayode Adverteniyi, has 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.
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