CITY NEWS Court fixes Nov 25 for Dei Dei land own­ers, FCTA suit

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

The hear­ing of the suit be­tween Dei-Dei land own­ers and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA) has been fixed for Novem­ber 25, 2015.

The case will come up in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) High Court sit­ting at Gudu Dis­trict un­der Jus­tice A.A.I. Ban­joko.

Coun­sel to the Dei-Dei land own­ers, Barr. Nduka Nwagbo, while brief­ing the plain­tiffs said the suit ear­lier sched­uled to com­mence on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 6 2015, could not hold due to Jus­tice Ban­joko’s en­gage­ment at the elec­tion tri­bunal.

Barr. Nwagbo said the new date was agreed, as the elec­tion tri­bunal would have been con­cluded.

Over 1000 land own­ers of Zau­dan and Filind­abo lay­outs at Dei-Dei dis­trict of the FCT had dragged the for­mer FCT Min­is­ter, Sen­a­tor Bala Mo­hammed, to court in 2013 over what they de­scribed as un­just at­tempts by the FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion to claim the land which was al­lo­cated to them be­tween 1998 and 1999.

El­der Fri­day Ugoala, chair­man of Zau­dan Paz­eri Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, who is also one of the plain­tiffs, said that they ap­proached the court af­ter sev­eral ef­forts to re­solve the is­sue with the FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion failed.

“We are pray­ing the court to or­der that our al­lo­ca­tion should re­main and to de­clare other al­lo­ca­tions made on top of ours null and void.”

He ex­pressed con­fi­dence in the ju­di­ciary, adding that the court would give them jus­tice.

“What hap­pened was that af­ter plots were al­lo­cated to us by the FCDA in 1998 and 1999, all the pro­cess­ing fees they de­manded from us were paid. Even dur­ing the el-Ru­fai ad­min­is­tra­tion, when they called for re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of our al­lo­ca­tions, we ful­filled the pro­cesses again and com­pleted the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions in­volved all over and AGIS ac­knowl­edged that our doc­u­ments were in or­der,” he ex­plained.

Another land owner Mrs. Maria Okafor, a 67-year said she has been spend­ing money on rent when she could have built her own house.

PHOTO Onyekachukwu Obi

Mem­bers of As­so­ci­a­tion of Wuye Ul­tra-Mod­ern Mar­ket Al­lot­ters (AWUMMA) protest the de­ci­sion of the man­age­ment to bar them from en­ter­ing the mar­ket de­spite a court or­der grant­ing them en­try.

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