Land Dispute: Court Dismisses Case Against El-Rufai’s Aide

Judiciary

A Magistrate Court sitting in Kaduna had recently dismissed a case filed against Uba Sani, the Political Adviser to Governor El-Ruufai of Kaduna State brought before it by members of Gidan Daji, a community in Chikun local government area of the state.

The community had brought Uba Sani to court over a contentious land, which Uba Sani was alleged to have forcefully taken and demolished the houses within it, claiming that he had acquired the land.

The Chief Magistrate of Court II, Gabasawa, Kaduna, Magistrate Mohammed Auwal Yusuf, while giving his ruling inside his chamber, struck out the case for lack of jurisdiction and improper representation.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the ruling, Counsel to Uba Sani, Abdulrauf Atiku, said, the court struck out the matter on the basis that it has no jurisdiction to entertain the matter since they have not filed the matter with proper parties and a court cannot adjudicate on a matter without proper parties. He said his client intends to seek redress based on the ruling of the court.

“We have to follow it to the logical conclusion because to us we feel this is something that, if we don’t take the necessary action, it will remain unfinished. It is better for us to go to the right court, institute the action so that the matter can be determined once and for all. In fact, we are suing any other person that is involved in this case”, he said.

Uba Sani said he will sue Senator representing Kaduna central senatorial zone, Shehu Sani, for defamation over a land-grab case instituted against him.

Even though Senator Shehu Sani was not in any way joined in the suit, but Uba Sani, in an interview inside the court premises shortly after the ruling, vowed to sue Senator Shehu Sani and other “party” for alleged instigation and sponsor of the community.

Uba Sani, represented by his political Aide, Abdulrahman Tonga, said several attempts to resolve the matter amicably with the parties failed.

“We found out that, specifically Senator Shehu Sani has interest to sponsor this case. This will not be in the interest of the masses.

“Shehu Sani is trying to politicize the matter; we want to tell him that it will not work,” he said.

Tonga added that with this ruling of the magistrate court, all those involved, including Sen. Shehu Sani, will be sued for defamation of character.

Counsel to the plaintiffs, Henry Uzoma Obimba, in his response to the judgment said his client will do the needful.

“All our effort is to ensure that, the downtrodden are not being rubbished, everybody in Nigeria is equal and the law protects whoever it is.”

“So, in this case we will proceed from here. This also sent a signal to both the complainant and the defendant on what to do.

“There is always the upper; court if the lower court did not conform to the law, we will proceed ahead.

“As at the time we find the case, there was no synchronization of who is to appear and that exactly where the problem is,” he added.

 

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