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Land Allotees Sue FCT Minister To Court

By Dooshima Jose

Two land allottees have sued the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Alhaji Mohammed Bello to court over an alleged seizure of their plots of land by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

The Plaintiffs, Mr. Ahmed A. Musa and Rasheed Musa, are demanding N500 million as damages for the alleged defendants’ act of trespass which has allegedly caused the plaintiffs unnecessary apprehension, trauma, pains and depression.

Our correspondent reports on Thursday, that joined in the suit, which is before Appo High Court 29 is FCDA as the second defendant.

The Plaintiffs, through their counsels, Mr. Christopher Edo-Ojo and Mr. John Godwin, accused the Minister and the FCDA of an alleged move to seize their lands situated at Mpape “D” Bwari Area Council, Abuja.

In an originating summon, the duo prayed the court to issue an injunction restraining Bello and FCDA from making any attempt or action against their alleged legitimately acquired plots of land pending the determination of the suit before it.

They prayed the court to determine whether with due consideration to section 44 of the Federation of Nigeria’s 1999 constitution (as amended) and section 28(6)(7) of the Land Used Act, the defendants can expropriate the plaintiffs’ title to lands situated at Mpape “D” in Bwari Area Council, Abuja, without their consent, due negotiation and permission.

The plaintiffs prayed the court for a declaration that the purported revocation, allocation or re-allocation or grant of any type to any other person(s) as unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect.

The case has been fixed for February, 2nd 2022 for mention.

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