- The Kano State Government faces a court order to pay N30 billion compensation for unlawfully demolishing Eid shops
- The government plans to contest the ruling in the Court of Appeal, citing its authority over land use
The Kano State Government has reacted to a Federal High Court ruling ordering the payment of N30 billion in compensation to the Incorporated Trustees of Massallacin Eid Shop owners for the unlawful demolition of their shops without following due legal processes.
According to reports, Justice Samuel Amobeda stated on Friday that the Kano State Government’s action against the applicants was “barbaric and unconstitutional.”
Remember that the shopping malls around Kano Eid Ground were demolished in June by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf’s administration, which labelled the structures as illegal structures.
According to the government, the action was part of its campaign promises to the good people of Kano State.
However, the traders under the auspices of the Incorporated Trustees of Massallacin Eid Shop Owners challenged the demolition at the Federal High Court.
But reacting to the court ruling, the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Haruna Dederi, said the ruling was unfounded and that the government has all necessary documents in place to appeal the case.
We are going to contest that at the Court of Appeal and moreover, the land use decree is very clear about the powers of the governor over land in the state and more particularly in urban areas, he said.