Abuja property: Court to deliver judgment in Abacha family’s case against FG, June 27

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Justice Peter Lifu of the Federal High Court in Abuja will on June 27, deliver judgment in a suit filed by the family of the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, challenging the revocation of the property of the former Military ruler located in the Maitama District of Abuja.

Justice Lifu on Wednesday fixed the date for the judgement in the suit filed by the wife of the late Abacha, Hajia Maryam Abacha and her eldest surviving son, Mohammed Sani Abacha.

Listed as 1st to 4th Defendants in the suit are the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (MFCT), Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Salamed Ventures Limited.

The Judge fixed the date after fierce legal fireworks by the Abacha family’s lawyer led by Dr Reuben Okpanachi Atabo (SAN) and those of the defendants led by Dr James Ogwu Onoja (SAN).

Among others, the Abacha family represented by Maryam Abacha and Mohammed Sani Abacha prayed the Court to nullify and set aside the purported revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) of the property of the late General Sani Abacha located in the Maitama District, Abuja.

The Abacha family said the Certificate of Occupancy marked FCT/ABUKN 2478 covering Plot 3119 issued on June 25, 1993, has been illegally and unlawfully revoked by the defendants.

In their statement of claims, the Abacha family said the FCT under Nasir El-Rufai had instructed them to submit the Certificate of Occupancy in their possession for re-certification.

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They claimed that the 2nd plaintiff, Mohammed Sani Abacha promptly complied with the directive by delivering the Certificate of Occupancy to the FCDA and an acknowledgement copy issued to him.

While waiting for a new Certificate of Occupancy to be issued to them, plaintiffs asserted that Mohammed Abacha received a letter on February 3, 2006, notifying them that the Certificate of Occupancy had been revoked without any reason adduced in the letter.

Besides the failure to give any reason for the revocation, the Abacha family alleged that adequate compensation was not paid as required by law.

The family therefore asked the Judge to declare as unconstitutional, unlawful, illegal, null and void and of no effect, the purported revocation of the property and also sought an order of the Court setting aside the purported revocation and holding that their Certificate of Occupancy is valid and subsisting, having been revoked without payment of adequate compensation.

According to them, the Certificate of Occupancy issued to the late Head of State was  maliciously revoked without legal basis or justification

The plaintiffs asked for an order of injunction prohibiting the defendants from taking any further steps on the disputed revocation.

Similarly, they prayed Justice Lifu to award N500 million as damages to be paid to them by the four defendants.

However, the defendants in their separate counter affidavits and preliminary objections asked for outright dismissal of the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2016.

Among other reasons, the defendants claimed that the suit, at the time it was instituted had become statute-barred having not been filed within the time allowed by law.

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Although some of the defendants were not in court during the proceedings on Wednesday,  Justice Lifu invoked the rule of the Court in adopting their processes already filed.

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